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Scotland’s Assembly – World Children’s Day

Monday 20th November 2023

Across the world we celebrate children’s rights on November 20th on World Children’s Day.

The date is significant as it is the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. So, we can celebrate it as the UN Convention’s birthday.

This year we invited children and young people to celebrate World Children’s Day with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Nicola Killean in 2 special Scotland’s Assemblies.  These assemblies for Primary schools and Secondary schools were broadcast live on 20th November are available to watch again on demand below. The Mentimeter questions referred to in each assembly will remain open until 4 December 2023. 

It is the Commissioner’s job to promote and protect the human rights of everyone in Scotland who is under the age of 18 or up to 21 if they are care experienced.  Her office works on lots of issues including mental health, poverty, and education. Part of the job is making sure people know about children’s rights. 

The Assemblies will be the first of what we plan will be regular opportunities for children and young people across Scotland to directly engage with the Commissioner in online sessions across many topics. 


Your Rights, Our Plan resource pack

Click the button below to view the resource pack and find out how your school can be involved in helping create the Commissioner’s four-year-plan, This was launched on World Children's Day and is open until the end of January. Children and young people’s experiences need to be at the heart of it and you can support them to contribute their ideas.

Click here to access the resource pack

More information about the Commissioner and her work is here: 

Recordings of the Primary & Secondary assemblies can be viewed below. The mentimeter questions mentioned in each assembly will remain open until 4th December.


Scotland’s Assembly – Primary Schools 

Monday 20th November – 9.15am 

Scotland’s Assembly – Secondary Schools 

Monday 20th November – 2.15pm 

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