June 1 is celebrated around the world as International Day for Child Protection. In Mongolia we refer to the day as Children’s Day, or as Mother’s and Children’s Day. On Mother’s and Children’s Day, people show appreciation for mothers and children all across the country.
Mongolia celebrated June 1 as Children’s Day for the 61st year. The first-ever child organization and movement in Mongolia was established on May 5, 1925, at the initiation of the great writer D.Natsagdorj and youth of that time, united under one purpose and intention. Mongolia joined the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 as the fifth member, and developed the Law on Protecting Children’s Rights according to the convention’s views. The law was ratified on May 8, 1996.
Children in every corner of Mongolia look forward to June 1, when they get presents and sweets from parents and relatives. Individuals, families, organizations and colleagues distribute presents to children on the streets, visit orphanages, as well as contribute to children’s causes.
Various events dedicated to children are held on the holiday. This year, prior to Children’s Day, female MPs in Parliament, the Mongolian Student’s Association, World Health Organization, the Health Center of Ulaanbaatar, and the General Police Department worked together to organize a parade with 1,000 children under the motto “Let’s Reject Tobacco”, celebrating World Tobacco Free Day as well as Children’s Day at Chinggis Khaan Square, on May 30th.
Also, Mongolia’s first-ever nationwide, toll free, 24/7 children’s helpline was launched on May 31. Child Helpline 108 is an initiative by National Authority for Children, World Vision Mongolia, and Mobicom Corporation, to reduce child abuse cases and strengthen the child protection system in Mongolia. It intends to provide children with all kinds of information, advice and assistance. The number of children and parents using the helpline for advice and information about the rights of children is on the rise.
On June 1, official Children’s Day events took place at Chinggis Khaan Square with performances by the Mongolian Puppet Theatre, artists from the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Mongolian Children’s Palace, best children’s choirs, and students of the Music and Dance College. Children came to the event and enjoyed the day, playing with their favorite characters and heroes.

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