Parenting

National Child Day – Celebrating kids as experts in Toronto

Child looking up into sky with parent hands on child's shoulder. Toronto skyline lineart on top of imageDid you know that every child in Canada from birth to 18 years has rights?  The UN convention on the Rights of the Child lists 54 rights. Our nurse, Michele Antunes, tells us more.

November 20 is National Child Day

Some examples about Rights of the Child include:

  • You have the right to give your opinion.
  • You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others.
  • You have the right to get information that is important to your wellbeing.
  • You have the right to know your rights.

We are working on making Toronto a child friendly city.

We believe that:

Children are influential stakeholders.
Children are important residents with unique perspectives, ideas and experiences that have the power to change how we plan and make decisions.  Children’s perspectives are valuable today.

Children are experts in child-friendliness and we must listen to them carefully. Listening to children’s expertise creates opportunity and improves equity. Building a city that is friendly and nurturing for children requires an understanding of what living in the city is like for a child.

Engaging with children is our responsibility and duty.
Local government has a responsibility to engage and listen to children, as with all residents, when planning and making decisions.

We have asked students in grade 4 and 5 to give us some ideas on what a child friendly city looks like. Check out the display at City Hall on November 19 and 20, 2018.

If you were to look at Toronto through the eyes of a child, what things would you change?  What would you keep the same?

Share your ideas in the comments sections below.

Happy National Child Day!

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