Children Design National Stamps on Child Rights

14578 children from across India participated in the Stamp Design contest organized by the Department of Posts and UNCIEF India.

The Department of Posts, in association with UNICEF today announced the winners of the 2019 Stamp Design Competition to commemorate the thirty years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The top two winning entries have been adapted as stamps.

In 2019, as part of their annual stamp design competition for children across India on Children’s Day, the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and UNICEF partnered to facilitate release of commemorative stamps on the theme of child rights designed by children and adolescents, studying in classes 1 to 12. 14578 children from across India participated in the contest.

Speaking on the partnership and the competition, a senior officer from the Department of Posts said, “Every year, the Department of Posts holds a Stamp Design Competition on Children’s Day inviting drawings/ paintings/ sketches from children on a particular theme. The theme of this year’s Children’s Day Stamp Design Competition was “Child Rights”.

The partnership with UNICEF this year has served twin objectives: on one hand, it has served to generate awareness about Philately and on the other, it has created awareness about Child Rights. Children have sent us excellent artwork on what the CRC means for them. Today, children clearly identify new challenges facing them as well as available opportunities. Young people are speaking out for their right to education, demanding an end to discrimination, calling for end to violence, striking for action on the climate crisis, campaigning for digital reform and calling on leaders to protect their future.”

Congratulating the winners, UNICEF said, “This partnership involving children from across India has brought the Convention on the Rights of the Child to life. The entries show children’s perspective and understanding on their rights. They depict not just their aspirations about their lives but also their dreams of realizing these rights for every child, especially those who are less privileged. This is especially important as childhood has changed with new challenges. We must look ahead to the future of childhood and commit to urgent, concrete action to protect and promote the rights of every child, now, and in future generations.

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