International Children's Day - 1 June

Image of a smiling boy holding a globe

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children's Day in 1925. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, and other events involving or dedicated to children.

A similar event, Universal Children's Day, falls on 20 November. It was established by the United Nations in 1954 and aims to promote the welfare of children around the world.


Wikipedia - Children's Day

Information about when and how Children's Day is celebrated in different parts of the world.

Universal Children's Day

Find out more about this day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

Human Rights Education Associates - Universal Children's Day

Learning materials and useful links to support using Universal Children's Day as a context for learning.

British Red Cross - Child soldier

This lesson plan looks at the way some armies and militias "press gang" children and young people into fighting

Resource calendar

Links to resources to support learning related to celebrations, awareness days and action weeks throughout the year.