National Children's Month 2021

 1. The Department of Education (DepEd) joins the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), other government agencies, and the whole nation in celebrating the 2O2l lYatloaal Children's Month (NCM), also the 29th IICM, with the theme, New Normal Na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan, this November 2021 . 

2. The celebration is pursuit to Republic Act No. 10661, titled An Act Declaring the Month of November of Every Year as the National Children's Month, which honors the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and further instils the significance of the CRC in the Filipino consciousness, as well as to sustain the promotion and protection of children's rights. It mandates DepEd to facilitate and encourage the celebration of the NCM in all public and private schools nationwide. 

3. Since the global onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic 'n 2O2O, environments where children thrive were disrupted and these have affected the rights of the children to survive, develop, to be protected and to participate safely and fully. The year 2021 poses great challenges and continuously aggravates the underlying issues on the realization of children's rights as the countr5z reels from the prolonged consequences of the pandemic.

4. The 29th NCM focus and theme for this year will cover the myriad of issues on children's rights to survival, development, protection, and participation in the new normal setting. It aims to ensure that no child will be left behind, regardless of the situation. Particularly, the month-long celebration will take-off from the previous and current challenges, and learnings of the Philippines in terms of promoting and upholding children's rights. 

5. With the ongoing COMD-19 Pandemic, the NCM activities will still strictly comply with the minimum health standards, and it shall utilize quad media (e.g., print media, broadcast media, outdoor media, and the social media) as tools in educating Filipinos on children's rights, parenting, and the concerns surrounding them.

6. This year's celebration is still anchored on the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC| coals to progressively realize the rights of children: GoaI 1: Children have a better quality and improved way of life; Goal 2: Children are well nourished, have healthy lives and are active learners with good qua-lity education; GoaI 3: Children are safe and free from violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and Goal 4: Children are actively participating in decision-making processes affecting their lives according to their evolving capacities. The four categories of children's rights will be covered per week of November: a. survival rights for the lst week, b. development rights for the 2nd week, c. participation rights for the 3rd week, and d. protection rights for the 4th week. Special observances on children will also be observed simultaneously: the 3rd week of November as the National Play Advocacy Week (NPAW) led by the Philippine Play Coalition, and the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week led by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) every 4th week of November.

This year's celebration will focus on children's rights in the new normal. It aims to a. address the persistent and emerging issues on the rights of the children to survival, development, protection, and participation since the onset of the COVID-l9 Pandemic in 2O2O and currently in the new normal setting this 2O21; b. strengthen the implementation of child-led, child-friendly, and child sensitive activities; and c. empower the children as rights-holders to claim and protect their rights and equip the dut5r-bearers to deliver their commitment and fulfill their obligations towards children. 9. In view of the 2021 NCM celebration and this year's theme, DepEd Central Office (CO), regional and schools division offices, and all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and attached agencies of DepEd are encouraged to undertake the following activities until November: a. Participate in the national online activities of the 2021 NCM on the following schedules.


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