23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey

This national day, 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, made a present of April 23 to all the world’s children to emphasize that they are successor of the future.

Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this “Sovereignty and Children’s Day” as a national holiday. Schools participate in week-long ceremonies marked by performances in all fields in large stadiums watched by the entire nation. Among the activities on this day, the children send their representatives to replace state officials and high ranking civil servants in their offices. The President, the Prime Minister, the cabinet ministers, provincial governors all turn over their positions to children’s representatives. These children, in turn, sign executive orders relating to educational and environmental policies. On this day, the children also replace the parliamentarians in the Grand National Assembly and hold a special session to discuss matters concerning children’s issues

Over the last two decades, the Turkish officials have been working hard to internationalize this important day. Their efforts resulted in large number of world states’ sending groups of children to Turkey to participate in the above stated festivities. During their stay in Turkey, the foreign children are housed in Turkish homes and find an important opportunity to interact with the Turkish children and learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The foreign children groups also participate in the special session of the Grand National Assembly.

This results in a truly international Assembly, where children pledge their commitment to international peace and brotherhood.

The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children’s Day.

Register your UNICEF Club

Welcome to the UNICEF Club registration page for the 2016-2017 academic year. THANK YOU for putting children first this academic year!

Complete the prompts below to register your club and you will receive a Back-to-school kit! #B2SKs are filled with resources and materials to help you engage with your school and community all year long. Please have all the updated leadership informationhandy to complete the registration in one sitting. You will not be able to save and return to this application at another time. Please don’t use your browsers back arrow: If you wish to return use the red back button at the end of each page. Refrain from using the Enter or Return key to avoid sending an empty application.

For returning schools: please select your association with UNICEF and find your school below. We will review the information within 7-10 business days. A confirmation email will be sent to everyone listed on the registration. You will receive you #B2SK 2-4 weeks after the confirmation email.
Please note – returning clubs must register each year!

For new schools: Select I don’t see my school listed to start a new club application. Your application will be reviewed within 7-10 business days. If your application is approved you and leadership board will receive a welcome email. You will receive you #B2SK 2-4 weeks after the confirmation email.

PIA Brothers: find your chapter name or look for your colony.

If you have questions while completing this form, please email us at volunteer@unicefusa.org