(WCC) “Churches can help respond to the urgent demands of the children who march in the streets for our planet,” said moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee, Dr Agnes Abuom, during the Executive Committee celebratory break marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
“Spiritual support and engagement in concrete actions that give hope are an important measure for the mental health of children, including in those countries where the consequences of the climate emergency are not felt on a daily basis, but cause fears among children about the world’s future,” said Abuom.
Two years after the launch of the Churches’ Commitments to Children in 2017, the WCC collaborates with over 450 heads of Churches, heads of children’s ministries, school directors, Sunday school teachers and champions for children at the grassroots level. A vital element of the success of the initiative is the global partnership with UNICEF started four years ago, which allowed churches throughout WCC’s constituency to be supported and equipped with expertise. During the celebratory break, UNICEF Emergencies Manager, Ms. Esther Waters-Crane, shared the positive impact of the partnership with WCC to children in vulnerable contexts.
“In following the example of Jesus, many churches across the world have been putting children back at the center of attention., and acknowledging them as a model for all of us in our faith, hope and love,” said WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
Today, several initiatives organized by WCC member churches and partners are happening in different parts of the world. In Panama, the Instituto para el Desarrollo de la mujer y la infancia, organizes a workshop on children’s rights with girls and boys from the community of Nuevo Colón. In Hungary, on 18-20 November, the Department of Education of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary is hosting a three-day event for all the principals of the church’s educational institutions with a focus on climate change and children’s rights. In Kenya, the Africa Brotherhood Church is marking the 30th anniversary of the convention with a special event to help local children to fully understand and enjoy their rights.
Learn more about the Churches’ Commitments to Children here
Read the Convention on the Rights of the Child here