GLOBAL WEEK

of Faith in Action for Children

Enhancing Dialogue and Collaboration for Children’s Rights and Well-being

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What is the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children about?

The Global Week of Faith in Action for Children brings together children and young people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, religious leaders, representatives from civil society and faith-inspired organizations, multilateral agencies and governments to catalyze joint-actions and compelling responses to address the underlying issues that impact children’s well-being and enhance their participation in matters that concern them, with particular focus on the impacts during and post COVID-19.

The discussions and reflections about the impacts of COVID-19 on the world and the implications for our future, would be incomplete if children’s voices are not heard and if they are not part of the discussions to propose new alternatives and work on the solutions. An intergenerational and interreligious dialogue is a unique opportunity to reflect on the future we want to see, and the transformations needed to move towards sustainable solutions for our planet and our shared future.

 

There is an ethical demand for all of us, children, young people and adults alike, to help transforming the world to a world that is more compassionate, more just, that promotes and respects human rights and affirms the dignity of each and every one. A world that responds to the needs, dreams and hopes of children and young people. A world that leaves no one behind.

 

The Global Week will culminate with the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which marks Universal Children’s Day, and the 31st Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

This year also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Global Network of Religions for Children and the Global Week will be a unique opportunity to celebrate success, reflect on the future endeavours of the network, as well as re-imagine a reinvigorated path for the creation of new partnerships and interfaith collaborations.

Objectives for the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children

Foster Intergenerational Dialogue

Encourage dialogue between children and adults representing different sectors of society about the situation of children in times of COVID-19, with particular focus on the negative impact that COVID-19 is having on education, child poverty, and violence against children.

Strengthen COVID-19 strategies to support children

Identify strategies that children, young people as well as adults are using to tackle the negative impact of the crisis and to transform them, while working to develop positive changes for the well-being of children and their communities.

Affirm the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children

Highlight inspirational stories and interfaith actions carried out by children, young people, adults, religious communities and faith-based organizations working for the well-being of children and their communities, including actions that recall the Panama Commitments to End Violence Against Children.

Ignite joint actions for the wellbeing of Children

Identify recommendations and catalyze joint actions that can help to address the underlying issues that impact children’s well-being; foster the physical, socio-emotional and spiritual well-being of children and their communities; and enhance their participation in matters that concern them.

Faith in Action for Children
Virtual Exhibition

*While you can visit this exhibition using any device, for the full 3D experience we recommend accessing through a computer.

Take a tour through the halls of our 3D exhibition* full of voices of children and adults about the impact of COVID-19 in the lives of children and learn what we can do together.

Global Week Calendar

Monday, 16 November

Opening Ceremony

Time: 12:00-12:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 30 minutes

Language: English, Spanish, and Japanese

Join us in the launching of the GLOBAL WEEK of Faith in Action for Children, with welcoming remarks from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International; Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace, and more.

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Addressing Violent Extremism Among Young People in the Horn of Africa

Time: 13:00-14:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English

Format: Webinar with children and youth

In this interactive workshop, we invite children and youth to join us in exploring the issue of radicalization and violent extremism based on real testimonies. GNRC members will showcase practical strategies to address it, and backed by expert knowledge.

Let's deepen our understanding of radicalization and extremism, to provide practical solutions to it!

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Grassroots-led Session – Children’s Participation: A turning point in the Covid-19 response in Europe and the Middle East

Time: 14:30-15:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

Format: Interactive Webinar

Members of the GNRC have been invited to organize a session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, related to one of the following thematic areas: Education, Ending child poverty, Violence affecting children, Upholding and promoting the rights of the child.

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Cómo la educación puede responder a los desafíos que presenta el COVID-19 en la vida de los niños y niñas

Time: 16:00-17:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: Spanish

Format: Intergenerational Dialogue

En este taller, adolescentes de 13 a 17 años, podrán analizar cómo la pandemia ha afectado la educación y los espacios de interacción social, las relaciones entre ellos, su seguridad y estabilidad emocional.

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Oración Inter-religiosa por la Niñez para América Latina y el Caribe

Time: 20:00-20:45 (in your local time)

Duration: 45 minutes

Format: Prayer/Livestream

Language: Spanish

The regional interfaith prayer aims to bring together religious leaders and children in a moment of prayer for children.

It will be a space of encounter and communion, at a time when hope and faith are so important to help the world move forward.

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Regional Interfaith Prayer for Children – Asia

Time: 02:30-03:15 (in your local time)

Duration: 45 minutes

Language: English

Format: Prayer/Livestream

The Regional Interfaith Prayer aims to bring together religious leaders and children in a moment of prayer for children.

It will be a space of encounter and communion, at a time when hope and faith are so important to help the world move forward.

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Tuesday, 17 November

The Transformative Role of Education in Times of COVID-19 and Beyond – Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 11:30-13:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English

Format: Roundtable Discussion/Livestreamed

Join us in this discussion on the impact of the pandemic on education, and the role of education in fostering interconnectedness, addressing inequalities and promoting social justice.

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Seen But Not Heard – A Multi-Religious Intergenerational Dialogue on Child Participation

Time: 13:00-14:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 1 hour

Format: Intergenerational Dialogue

Language: English and Spanish

Seen But Not Heard is a 3-part series to Lift Up Child Voices to End Violence.

Join us for Part 3: A Multi-Religious Intergenerational Dialogue on Child Participation.

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Regional Interfaith Prayer for Children – Asia

Time: 02:30-03:15 (in your local time)

Duration: 45 minutes

Format: Prayer/Livestream

Language: English

The Regional Interfaith Prayer aims to bring together religious leaders and children in a moment of prayer for children.

It will be a space of encounter and communion, at a time when hope and faith are so important to help the world move forward.

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Children as Agents of Positive Change – The World We Want to Live In: Listening to children’s stories, feelings and recommendations

Time: 10:00-11:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

Format: Dialogue

We are opening two spaces for children and young people to lead an online session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children.

In the sessions, children will be able to raise their voices and share their ideas, actions and recommendations.

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Grassroots-led Session – Latin America and the Caribbean: Sembrando la Esperanza en la Niñez de Colombia

Time: 16:00-17:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Format: Prayer/Livestream

Language: Spanish

Members of the GNRC have been invited to organize a session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, related to one of the following thematic areas: Education, Ending child poverty, Violence affecting children, Upholding and promoting the rights of the child.

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Aprender a Vivir Juntos en el Mundo Digital: Un taller para niños, niñas y Adolescentes de la Red Global de Religiones a favor de la Niñez

Time: 21:00-22:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: Spanish

Los niños, niñas y adolescentes analizarán las oportunidades y los riesgos del mundo digital, y reflexionarán sobre qué valores éticos pueden ayudarles a aprovechar al máximo las oportunidades del mundo digital, previniendo los posibles riesgos y peligros.

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Wednesday, 18 November

Grassroots-led Session: Transformational Leadership and Volunteering During COVID-19 and Beyond – Organized by GNRC Bhutan and GNRC India

Time: 06:00-07:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

Format: Live Workshop

Members of the GNRC have been invited to organize a session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, related to one of the following thematic areas: Education, Ending child poverty, Violence affecting children, Upholding and promoting the rights of the child.

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Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide

Time: 12:00-13:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Live Webinar Discussion

Language: English

This session will focus on highlighting practical approaches to overcome child poverty, within the context of the SDGs implementation and mitigating the impact of COVID-19, as well as building resilience

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Commemorating 20 Years of Interfaith Cooperation for Children

Time: 13:30-14:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 30 minutes

Format: Roundtable discussion

Language: English, Spanish

Join us in the commemoration of 20 years of interfaith cooperation for the wellbeing of children.

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Catalyzing the Panama Commitments into Action: Ending Violence against Children

Time: 14:00-15:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Roundtable discussion

Language: English, Spanish

Join us to assess the implementation of the 10 Panama Commitments, which aim to promote and eradicate any form of violence against children. Let's review this time together, celebrate our achievements and restate our commitment to children.

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Regional Interfaith Prayer for Children – Europe and the Middle East

Time: 16:30-17:15 (in your local time)

Duration: 45 minutes

Format: Prayer/Livestream

Language: English and Arabic

The Regional Interfaith Prayer aims to bring together religious leaders and children in a moment of prayer for children.

It will be a space of encounter and communion, at a time when hope and faith are so important to help the world move forward.

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Como criar espaços para dar voz às crianças e assim fortalecer o seu bem-estar socio emocional e espiritual durante a pandemia COVID-19?

Time: 17:00-18:30 (in your time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: Portuguese

Durante esta sessão convidamos crianças e adultos a explorar e dialogar sobre como a pandemia esta afectando a vida das crianças em particular na primeira infância, como criar ambientes onde as crianças se sintam apoiadas e empoderadas e o papel das comunidades de fé nesse apoio.

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Children as agents of positive change: Dialogue with boys on the impact of COVID-19 in their education, on the violence affecting children and how young people can respond to it

Time: 09:00-10:00 (in your time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

During this session adolescents will share how COVID-19 has affected children's education, how it has increased violence and poverty in their families and communities, and what can be done to support and protect children during this period.

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Thursday, 19 November

Regional Interfaith Prayer for Children – Africa

Time: 07:00-07:45 (in your local time)

Duration: 45 minutes

Language: English

Format: Prayer/Livestream

The Regional Interfaith Prayer aims to bring together religious leaders and children in a moment of prayer for children.

It will be a space of encounter and communion, at a time when hope and faith are so important to help the world move forward.

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Grassroots-led Session – Africa: l’impact du COVID-19 sur les enfants

Time: 09:00-10:00 (in your local time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Format: Interactive Webinar

Language: French

Members of the GNRC have been invited to organize a session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, related to one of the following thematic areas: Education, Ending child poverty, Violence affecting children, Upholding and promoting the rights of the child.

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Children’s Solutions Lab

Time: 12:00-13:30 (in your local time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Children’s Session/Webinar

Language: English and Spanish

Finalists of the Children's Solutions Lab will present their solutions for addressing child poverty through education.

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Catalyzing Joint Actions to Address the Impact of Covid-19 Impact on Children

Time: 15:00-16:30 (in your time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Dialogue, Participation by invitation only

Language: English

By invitation only.

We are gathering to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on violence against children and poverty.

This will be an inter-generational dialogue between people of different cultures and beliefs, with children at the centre of the discussions.

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Children as Agents of Positive Change: Pensar juntos – Jóvenes, adultos, ancianos, niños y niñas – sobre la educación que soñamos

Time: 21:00-22:00 (in your time)

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: Spanish

Format: Dialogue

We are opening two spaces for children and young people to lead an online session during the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children.

In the sessions, children will be able to raise their voices and share their ideas, actions and recommendations.

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Friday, 20 November

World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

Time: 13:00-14:30 (in your time)

Duration: 90 minutes

Format: Dialogue

Language: English, Spanish and Japanese

The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2020 will bring together children and adults from different cultural and religious backgrounds to dialogue on issues raised during the Global Week in regards to the role of faith communities in ending violence against children, promoting access to education, and taking action to end child poverty.

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Closing Ceremony

Time: 14:30-15:00 (in your time)

Duration: 30 minutes

Language: English, Spanish, and Japanese

Format: Livestream

Recommendations and closing remarks.

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