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Allianz Malaysia celebrated Universal Children’s Day with a total of 100 primary school students with a fun, interactive session centred on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

70 Standard One to Standard 6 students from SK Yaacob Latif 2 and 30 Standard Five students from Dignity for Children Foundation participated in two separate events on 9 November 2017 and 20 November 2017 respectively.  

“This year, for Universal Children’s Day we wanted to do something different and teach students about the importance of children’s rights. Universal Children’s Day is a day to remind children that no matter how young, each and every one of them has rights to welfare, education, healthcare, civil rights and freedom from discrimination just like everyone else in this world. It is important to us that we encourage our younger generation to be bold, broad-minded and socially-aware individuals,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good of Allianz Malaysia Berhad. 

In each session, students participated in three activities which involved learning and understanding the UN CRC. 

The activities included a “Right’s Web” where students worked together to form a spider web using balls of yarn. The activity aimed to show the children the importance of working together, as the effect of dropping a section of yarn would weaken the web, much like how denying one child their right would affect the rights of all children. 

Besides that, the children also worked in groups to identify and differentiate between their everyday needs and wants. The children came up with lists of basic requirements for every child to live a happy and healthy life which aligned with their rights as protected within the UN CRC. Students from Dignity for Children Foundation further explored the topic of needs and wants through Allianz4Good’s financial literacy programme, My Finance Coach.

Each session ended with a group mural made from paper cut-outs of each participant’s hands. The students also wrote a “right” and a corresponding “responsibility” on each hand cut-out (for example: “I have the right to be respected [right hand], therefore I have a responsibility to respect others [left hand]”).

Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated annually on 20 November to encourage international togetherness, raise awareness on children’s rights and improve children's welfare globally.

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