National Children's Day

Today is National Children's Day!

Our mission at acet UK is deeply rooted in empowering young lives through education and promoting healthy self-esteem, positive relationships & good sexual health. 

Today, we celebrate the joy and potential of every child, but it's essential to reflect on the reality for so many children both in the minority and in the majority world.

At acet UK, we believe that education is the cornerstone of empowerment. By providing comprehensive RSE, our programs foster a safe and supportive environment where children can ask questions, challenge norms, and develop healthy attitudes towards themselves and others.

National Children's Day serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of prioritizing, children's rights. While we celebrate the progress made in the UK, it's crucial to acknowledge the disparities that persist both within the UK and abroad. In the minority world, children often have access to resources, education, and protection that many in less affluent countries can only dream of. 

One of the fundamental aspects of ensuring children's well-being is providing them with comprehensive relationship and sex education (RSE). RSE equips children with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their bodies, relationships, and future. Yet, it's alarming to note the discrepancies in RSE provision between minority and majority nations. Working in Nigeria we know that 43% of Nigerian girls are married before they turn 18 and, in one northern state, it is much higher - 89% are married before they even turn 15! Once married there is little to no access to education, or electricity/internet, so they have no opportunity to learn what rights they should have.

Even here in the minority world, challenges remain. Economic inequality, social exclusion, and systemic barriers continue to impact the lives of countless children, limiting their opportunities and hindering their well-being. As advocates for children's rights, it's our duty to address these injustices and strive for a future where every child can thrive, regardless of their background or circumstances.

While children in affluent nations may enjoy greater access to education, healthcare, and protection, they still face risks of exploitation, discrimination, and negative mental health issues. As we navigate an increasingly digital world, new challenges emerge, from online safety to cyberbullying, highlighting the ongoing need for robust child protection measures. The Internet Watch Foundation recently published research concerning the trend of children as young as three being unknowingly sexually exploited through technology. The popularity of digital platforms has opened avenues for manipulation and exploitation, posing serious risks to children's safety and well-being.

In Nigeria, and across many of our other projects across the world, we aim to tackle the root causes of early marriage and empower young girls to reclaim their rights. Through educational programs, vocational training, and community engagement, we strive to break the cycle of poverty and discrimination that perpetuates harmful practices like child marriage. By providing girls with the tools and resources they need to thrive, we're paving the way for a brighter future for generations to come.

As we celebrate National Children's Day UK, let's remember that the rights and well-being of children goes beyond our borders. While children in the UK grapple with the perils of technology, their counterparts in the majority world face challenges like early marriage and limited access to education. 


It is our responsibility to advocate for a world where every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and lead a life free from harm and exploitation.


Together, let's champion the cause of children's rights and work towards a future where every child's voice is heard and valued.