The Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD) and The Electoral Hub celebrates all Nigerian children as the country commemorates Children’s Day today, with the theme: “Unite to reverse the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children”.
Children’s Day is celebrated to increase awareness on the rights, education and welfare of children. Firstly, established by the United Nations to commemorate the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1959, various countries have chosen different dates to celebrate Children’s Day. For example, it is celebrated in the UK on the second Sunday of May, in the United States on the second Sunday of June, and in South Africa on the first Saturday of November. In Nigeria, May 27 is traditionally the day set aside for children.
It is worthy to note that children are very important in any country because they are the future of that country. Without them, the hope of building a youthful and productive workforce will shrink and the basic family structure will appear uneven. To make any country great, moral instructions and fundamental education must be imbibed in the children to make them productive in life. If this is not done, they can evolve into individuals that will be capable of destroying the country. In Nigeria, children have been through a lot especially with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country, which has affected their wellbeing and education. Many were unable to go to school due to the lockdown placed by the federal government and this exacerbated the risk of having more out-of-school children. There is a saying that when children stay away from school for a long time, the possibility of them returning back to school drops drastically.