21 November, 2023

Inclusion for Every Child: Celebrating World Children's Day 2023 at LCIS

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World Children's Day is a day of reflection and celebration at La Côte International School.

This year, Nord Anglia Education wanted to foster closer connections between Social Impact and the EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) programmes in our schools. Hence our 2023 World Children’s Day focus on UNICEFs Sustainable Development Goal number 10: Reduced Inequalities.

What is World Children’s Day?

 

World Children’s Day has its origins in an idea proposed by the Women’s International Democratic Federation in 1949. On 20th November 1959, the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly and a Universal Children’s Day was established. This was also the date in 1989 when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted. World Children’s Day (WCD) is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children. It is dedicated to raising awareness about children's rights and promoting their well-being. At La Côte International School, we believe that every child deserves the chance to thrive, learn, and grow and today our students showed their support through numerous activities.

World Children’s Day at LCIS

Activities for our ‘Inclusion for Every Child’ WCD were proposed by Kevin McDaid, UNICEF lead for Europe, along with the leaders of our SDG student group Clara Lagger (Year 12) and Lio Guidi (Year 13). They included:

Secondary assembly

With focus on World Children’s Day and Inclusion.

'Wear Blue' day - the UNICEF colour

Everyone, including our teaching and non-teaching staff, wore blue for our ‘non-uniform’ day.

A food collection week for The Lost Food Project (TLFP)

We asked LCIS students and their families to clear their cupboards of close-to-use-by date non-perishable foodstuffs during this week. Read more about our partnership with TLFP here.

Student-led workshops for Year 7 students

Year 7 is the first year in Secondary and the ideal time in our students’ school career to get more pro-actively involved in the LCIS Social Impact actions. For this year’s World Children’s Day, the students were focussing on gender, race, education, and economic inequalities. In an "Art Workshop", a group of students worked together to create a poster on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. During an "Inequalities Workshop", the students identified and discussed inequalities in their lives and came up with ideas for how they could minimise them to help everyone feel included.

“It is always a pleasure to celebrate World Children’s Day and remind ourselves of the importance of recognising children’s rights. This year we have included students in the planning and delivery of workshops, assemblies and charity donations that all directly impact children and ensuring equality and inclusion for all,” explained Mr McDaid, LCIS Geography Teacher and UNICEF Lead for Europe.