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Universal Children’s Day

20/11/2016: General House

The Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20. The United Nations General Assembly in 1954 recommended its celebration. It aimed at encouraging all countries to establish an official day to: promote mutual exchange and understanding among children; launch an initiative to support and promote the well-being of children around the world; celebrate the Children’s Day annually.


November 20 is also the anniversary of the day in which the UN’s General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was also approved that same day in 1989.


Contribute to the debate on the rights of infancy in your country and in the world on the Facebook page of FMSI.


Fundamental Call - 21st General Chapter
A highly significant presence among poor children and young people.


1. To promote, at all levels of our Institute, the rights of children and young people; and to advocate for these rights in public institutions, both governamental and no-gobernamental.

2. To develop further our educational ministries as evangelizing centres that promote both human and Christian values wkile integrating faith and life.

3. To develop programmes in each region that form people to work with the poor and become experts in the evangelisation of poor children and young people.

4. To develop and integrate into all programmes of formation for Brothers and Lay people, experiences which sensitise them to the needs of the poor children and young people.

5. To establish international and interprovincial communities which will be open to Marists Brothers and Lay Marist and serve in the vanguard of new areas of mission.

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