While it’s not nearly as well known or celebrated as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, its significance perhaps runs much deeper than could be expressed in any Hallmark card.

November 20th – the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – is World Children’s Day. On this day, children around the world come together in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in an effort to build a better world for all children. 

If we want to give children a better future, we need to listen to what they have to say. This is why UNICEF USA invites students to raise their voices in solidarity with the one in four children globally suffering from malnutrition by getting active and saving lives with UNICEF Kid Power.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk about nutrition, so we hope you’ll join us with these three easy ways for your students to take action and raise their voices.

1. Lead your class through the World Children’s Day Toolkit

Taking less than one hour of class time,  this step-by-step guide for grades 2-8 will create a meaningful dialogue with students about nutrition and what they can do to support their city and UNICEF’s efforts to put children first.

2. #KidsTakeover on Social Media

The activities in the World Children’s Day Toolkit all lead to opportunities for students to raise their voices. Amplify these voices by posting this student produced content on your school’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat channels. (You’ll see some guidance on this in the toolkit.)

3. Get Active and Save Lives with UNICEF Kid Power Ups

Kid Power Ups are short, interactive tracks with simple dance moves and music that can be played virtually anywhere—from the classroom to the playing field. Each time a group completes a Kid Power Up track, it unlocks one therapeutic food packet to help treat a severely malnourished child.

Register for UNICEF Kid Power Ups here and give your students a way to have their actions make real-life impact this World Children’s Day.