“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
Sound familiar? That’s because Socrates said it – in 384 BC.
We often spend so much of our time and energy criticizing the youth of the day. In truth, I don’t think we give them enough credit.
It can be difficult. The older we get, the more we forget – what it’s like to feel invigorated by life.
At a certain age – it’s easy to forget what it feels like to be overwhelmed by the passionate need to grow and to learn.
But our youth know. They are young and full of fresh ideas and ingenuity.
And they see what is going on in the world. Especially with today’s technology. They’re on social media. They read stories from all over the world. They watch. They listen.
And they feel.
This is their home, and just like we did, they are going to grow into it.
The trials and tribulations of society directly affect them too.
As an organization for youth, the Duke of Ed is ever vigilant about the changing needs of our young people today. As Canadians, we are incredibly fortunate to have a Prime Minister's youth council that speaks to the voices of the youth, and luckily for us, 3 members of the Duke of Ed currently sit on said council. It is a testament to the work that our organizations does.
That is why we want to recognize Universal Children’s Day for the impact that it creates because we believe in youth, and we believe in their rights. Today marks the day on which the United Nations Assembly adopted the declaration of the rights of the child in the 1959, and the convention on the Rights of the child in 1989. These acts promote awareness and teach youth that they have rights, just like adults do, under the law. All youth, regardless of race, gender or religion have the right:
• To life
• To health
• To education and play
• To family life without violence
• To not be discriminated against
• To have their views heard
At the Duke of Ed, we believe strongly in empowering youth. That is why we provide growth and opportunity for young people, because we know that it is through opportunities to grow that individuals succeed in meaningful ways.
So, what can you do to celebrate Universal Children’s Day?
Empower the youth around you. Make sure they know their rights. Mentor them. Plant the seeds of success in those little brains and encourage them to grow. At the Duke of Ed, we provide ways that you can engage directly with youth by becoming an Award Leader.
They may be our future, but these youngin’s have much to learn, and they can’t do it alone. This Universal Children’s Day, make a difference in your own life, by making a difference in the youth around you.