The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is celebrated every year on November 20, the same day as the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and World Children’s Day.

Arigatou International launched the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in 2008 to make this an opportunity for people of different religions and cultures to come together to pray and meditate, but also to take action for children’s rights and well-being.

This year, organizations working for children’s rights and well-being have joined Arigatou International and UNICEF to celebrate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and the Wear My Shoes Campaign.

The Wear My Shoes Campaign aims to mobilize children and adults—including religious leaders, policymakers, parents/caregivers, and educators—to advocate for children’s return to school and respond to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic on their social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

This Campaign includes a Wear My Shoes Award.

At the EXPO 2020 Dubai, five winners were selected for their outstanding practices carried out during the global pandemic in 2020-21.

Are you WILLING to WEAR children’s SHOES and be part of the change?

UNITE for every child’s right to education in environments that are safe and nurture their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.

Learn more about advocacy efforts to ensure children’s safe return to school!

Meet the speakers of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2021

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