OMEP-Canada (Canadian Committee of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education) greets all who are implicated in defending and promoting children’s rights, on this Universal Children’s Day and 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations.

OMEP is proud to be one of the NGOs that wrote this convention and reminds that children’s rights keep being threatened. OMEP-Canada is working to encourage the establishment or continuity of early childhood settings in Canada and abroad. In this period of budget restrictions, OMEP-Canada underscores the importance for all of our young children to have access to quality child care and education.

OMEP-Canada joins about 70 other National Committees from all over the world to launch a call upon the world leaders to make early childhood a priority, following the Declaration adopted by OMEP World Assembly held in Cork, Ireland in July 2014. OMEP-Canada especially urges the Canadian decision makers to promote the inclusion of early childhood development in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted by the United Nations this coming September.

In this year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, OMEP-Canadaearnestly asks them to insure equal rights to education and care for all children, including the poorest and more vulnerable, by enacting policies and practices for comprehensive, high quality early education, as well as to insure all children’s rights to a childhood that includes play and leisure, and to encourage their active participation in all matters that concern them.