Hiba* (red shirt), 17, and Rama*, 14, recite a poem (rap) to a group of children in Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, Jordan.

World Children’s day: Celebrating progress with Hiba and Rama

Today we stand with children all over the world to celebrate World Children’s Day –  and what better way to celebrate than letting Hiba* and Rama,* two sisters and child activists from Jordan take over our social media and show us how it’s done!

As Rama says herself “It’s common that children learn from adults, but nowadays things have changed – adults should learn from children. I believe we have so much to show them.”

We love this idea, and could not agree more with Rama! But children can only share their knowledge, perspective and new ideas with adults if they are given the support, and safety, to grow and express themselves – which is exactly what World Children’s Day is all about.

What is World Children’s day?

This special day for kids originally came into being as early as 1954 (and was first named Universal Children’s day). It aimed to ‘promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare.’

These ideas gained momentum six years later when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and again in 1989 when the assembly then adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These two agreements set out children’s universal rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children, regardless of their race, religion or ability. What the 54 articles that make up these agreements mean, is that governments have a duty to children everywhere to help them reach their full potential, something that we try to support every day.

This year is a special one, as it marks 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As part of our celebration of this momentous day, we have created a child friendly summary of all of the rights of the child, so every child who needs them – or just wants to learn – has access to them and can understand what they all mean.

Hiba and Rama: Sisters, child activists, footballers

Hiba and Rama are the perfect pair to show what children are capable of when they are supported – and believed in – by the people around them.  These talented Syrian sisters are already changing attitudes in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where they’ve lived for six years, campaigning against child marriage, writing and performing rap songs about their experiences and children’s rights.

Today, our first child takeover of the Save the Children social media channels, they show so much. That children are extraordinary, talented, passionate, brave, wise – but also just kids, wanting to have fun and play with their friends. There’s so much we can learn from them both.

We will achieve great things and the world will know about us. Someday, we will deliver our message to the world.” – Hiba

What you can do next

Find out more about Hiba and Rama, and their extraordinary story

Donate today, and help change the future for children everywhere

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