The United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day gets an early start with a special observance at Essex County College on Wednesday, November 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. The free program will be held in the 4th Floor Multipurpose Room at the Newark campus.
Universal Children’s Day was established by UN resolution in 1954 for November 20 as a “day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children” and a “day of activity devoted to promoting…the welfare of the children of the world.”
The Essex event is a local kickoff to the UN observance.
Rebecca Doggett, Founding President of the Newark Preschool Council, the citywide Head Start Agency, is the keynote speaker. She is also a retired Senior Fellow of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ), a non-profit research and advocacy organization.
Other speakers include Vanessa Freeland-Thomas, Media Specialist at the Mount Vernon Avenue Elementary School in Irvington; Lorna Johnson, Principal of Global Linkages, Inc., and Ivelisse Holmes, Acting Coordinator for Essex County College’s Center for Global Studies.
Children from the College’s Child Development Center will sing the classic “It’s a Small World,” which debuted at the 1964-65 New York World ’s Fair.
Also on display will be a series of posters created by students in the College’s Education Department (Division of Social Sciences) examining societal issues relating to children around the world.
Additional information on the program is available by contacting Dr. Charles Reid, Acting Dean of Liberal Arts at Essex, at (973) 877-3372.
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