More than 1,700 children, youth, and adults from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds gathered at the GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children, held online from 16 to 20 November 2020.
The GLOBAL WEEK was organized by Arigatou International, in collaboration with KAICIID Dialogue Center, Religions for Peace, Shanti Ashram, UNICEF and World Vision International; and with the support and participation of 64 global, regional, and local partners.
With 25 live sessions in five languages, the GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children was a unique opportunity for children, youth, and representatives from different sectors of society to come together to propose joint actions and compelling responses to address the underlying issues that impact children’s well-being, and enhance their participation in matters that concern them, with particular focus on the impacts during and post COVID-19.
Throughout the week, participants were invited to join different activities in three different thematics: Education, Ending Child Poverty and
Ending Violence Against Children. Regional Interfaith Prayers for Children were also organized throughout the week.
The sessions included intergenerational dialogues, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. There were four grassroots-led sessions organized by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children, and three child-led sessions, under the title Children as Agents of Positive Change, organized by groups of children and youth, coming from GNRC member organizations and other partner organizations.
As part of the Global Week activities, the “Faith in Action for Children” virtual exhibition was unveiled on November 16, featuring messages, artworks, and multimedia projects by more than 150 children from 33 countries, produced in six different languages.
The week-long event culminated with the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which marks Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2020.