November 20 marks World Children’s Day, a special time across the region. OFC is committed to using football to enrich the lives of our young people around Oceania, with the theme this year being ‘Inclusion, For Every Child’.
So far this year, our Just Play program has brought football to many children in the Pacific. Festivals have been organised in every Member Association, with a highlight being the focus on girls’ playing football at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
The Just Play program provides equipment and football games for children, but more importantly brings them together in a safe space to have fun. Children are taught important life skills, like handwashing and nutrition.
It is especially important in Emergency Response efforts, like the aftermath of the Tongan tsunami in February.
This World Children’s Day, it’s more important than ever that the world listens to their ideas and demands. From climate change, education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are raising their voices on the issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future.
World Children’s Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the Declaration of the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly. It offers everyone a way to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
OFC’s Just Play program would not be possible without the generous assistance from Team Up, UEFA Foundation for Children, DFAT, MFAT and UNICEF Pacific and Australian Aid.