Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2019

Save the Children to mark 100 years anniversary today

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Save the Children, an international nongovernmental organization said it has concluded arrangements to celebrate its 100-year anniversary through a high level symposium and campaign launch that will take place at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands today.
The organization stated this in a statement issued yesterday by Mr. Amanuel Mamo, its Director of Advocacy and Campaigns.
“With a presence in 120 countries worldwide, Save the Children is a child focused international humanitarian and development organization that is dedicated to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, develop and protection from harm. For a century, we have worked with partners to protect hundreds of millions of children around the world and given them the chance to realize their potential.
“Save the Children was one of the first deployed international charities to Nigeria during the 1968 Civil War to save the lives of children in distress through its Freedom from Hunger project. Save the Children has had a permanent presence in Nigeria since 2001, and today, it is a strong, recognized voice for children’s rights in Nigeria.”
The statement added that Save the Children is thus marking its centenary celebration with a global campaign on “Stop the War on Children.”
It said “the campaign aims to raise awareness about problems facing children living in conflict zones around the world and advocating for global leaders to make real change for children affected by these conflicts and numerous challenges. Save the Children will be releasing a global Childhood Index Report that ranks 172 countries on how best they are protecting childhoods.
“Save the Children was founded during the First World War in 1919, by Eglantyne Jebb, who stood up to those in authority and campaigned for the rights and protection of children. Among many other things Eglantyne Jebb contributed to the global community was her Declaration of the Rights of the Child that was adopted by the League of Nation in 1924, which was expanded later and ratified by the UN as a Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989. Hence, this year also marks the 30th year anniversary of the UNCRC.
“To mark our 100th year anniversary, Save the Children offices around the world will be staging meaningful activities that will re-ignite the spirit of our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, and magnify our call to world leaders to protect children in crisis.
“In Nigeria, Save the Children will stage a grand finale on Tuesday 25th June 2019 through series of activities where stakeholders across the government, UN agencies, INGOs, CSOs, Traditional Leaders, children, celebrities and the media are expected to be in attendance.”

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