International Children's Day Debates

November NYCUDL Tournaments

 

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Register for the November Middle School Debate Tournament (Coming Soon)

 

 

Register for the November High School Debate Tournament (Coming Soon)

 

 

Volunteer Sign Up for Tournaments

 

 

 

Universal Children's Day takes place annually on November 20th. It was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children. On November 20th, 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In September 2012, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations led the initiative for the education of children. He firstly wants every child to be able to attend school, a goal by 2015. Secondly, to improve the skill set acquired in these schools. Finally, implementing policies regarding education to promote peace, respect and environmental concern. Universal Children's Day is not just a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have experienced violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as labourers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Children feeling the effects of war can be displaced because of the armed conflict and may suffer physical and psychological trauma. The following violations are described in the term "children and armed conflict": recruitment and child soldiers, killing/maiming of children, abduction of children, attacks on schools/hospitals and not allowing humanitarian access to children. Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labour. The International Labour Organization in 1999 adopted the Prohibition and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour including slavery, child prostitution and child pornography.

 

Tournament Awards

  • Top speakers in each division will receive Speaker Medals and the Top Speaker will recieve the Top Speaker Gavel.  Top speakers will also be presented with a book on Native American/Hispanic American speeches. 
  • and more special prizes coming up!

 

Tournament Registration

Register for the November Middle School Debate Tournament (Coming Soon)

 

Register for the November High School Debate Tournament (Coming Soon)

 

Volunteer Sign Up for Tournaments