Internet search giant Google’s latest doodle marks Children’s Day, also known as Universal Children’s Day, which is observed in many countries across the world today.
Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to raise awareness of children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Children’s Day was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and the United Nations established it universally in 1954.
Four years later, the UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
In 1989, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a goal to ensure that every child in the world will be able to attend school by 2015.
Today’s doodle – a stylised Google logo on its homepage – can be described as sentimental at best, with toys such as cars, teddy bears and alphabet blocks that are both timeless and harken back to a time before the internet and mobile devices.
The Google Doodle depicts a teddy bear sitting amidst the toys with the word Google spelled out on the alphabet blocks its precise colour order.
The Google Doodle that marks Children’s Day 2014