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The historic Charminar and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad and many other iconic monuments, structures and institutions across the world have gone blue since Friday evening, to commemorate the World Children’s Day (WCD) on Saturday.

The World Children’s Day is celebrated globally and is considered as a day of action for children, which marks the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Saturday, November 20, according a statement from UNICEF.

India, and countries all over the world, have witnessed a week-long celebration culminating into the WCD on Saturday. Monuments across the country including Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and Qutub Minar in New Delhi, and other historical buildings, landmarks and government buildings across India have lit up in blue lights between November 19 and 20, signifying the nation-wide celebration of child rights and to put the spotlight on learning recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to children’s education, with schools closed for long periods across India. Children are losing a lot more than just education – they have lost time with their teachers and friends, nutritious school meals and in some cases a safe haven that prevents abuse and violence, the UNICEF said.

As the world commemorates the 32 years of the adoption of the CRC, and UNICEF celebrates its 75th anniversary, this year’s World Children’s Day is a special occasion to commemorate children’s rights and look to the future.
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