The WCC celebrates the special day with its partners UNICEF and Arigatou International, as a member of the World Day of Prayer and Action Organising Committee, inspiring further collaboration between international child rights organizations and faith-based initiatives for children.
WCC will highlight the Churches’ Commitments to Children. In a prayer for the occasion, WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri recorded a prayer. “Lord Jesus, son of the Living God, you knew early years of playfulness. You laughed and ran through the springtime seasons of your childhood. Today, you are in the streets with many children who, instead of playing, are marching in the streets, urging others to change systems in order to protect their future.”
Phiri praised God for the ideas of children of every land. “We thank you for the innovation and solutions which many children suggest in response to the climate crisis and to the COIVD-19 pandemic,” she prayed.
An interfaith event, which will combine online and in-person elements, is being organized for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in Dubai at EXPO Dubai, and will be hosted by the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities.
Organizations involved are planning to release a joint statement on urgent measures for Education, to be strengthened in response to the climate emergency and COVID-19.
An interfaith service with prayers and messages from diverse leaders will be aired online, and a panel discussion will be live-streamed, as well as an awards presentation recognizing five promising grassroots-level practices focusing on children’s right to education.
A podcast series led by children will be launched, along with a virtual exhibition with contributions by children.
See the event agenda here
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