For every child – we go blue.
By: The Our Children's Vision Team
Today, we go blue!
We go blue to join the thousands of children around the world who are calling on world leaders to do more, so that every child can be in school, be safe, be healthy and fulfil their potential.
When we consider our cause, our part to play, we are often overwhelmed by the task. Ensuring all children have access to eye health services is no mean feat; nevertheless, we know that healthy, clear vision is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to helping children overcome challenges.
When one considers health interventions that generate the most gains, eye health is often left off the list. This is a mistake. The ability to see clearly is critical to a child’s development and well-being at every life stage.
It can be simple. When a child’s vision is corrected, and they can see clearly, they are more likely to attend school and more likely to reach their potential while enrolled. They able to better engage with their peers and family, and safely navigate their communities.
While we #GoBlue, we call on leaders to recognise the important part clear vision plays in the health, happiness and development of children. We ask that eye health be elevated amongst other critical health interventions like vaccines, nutrition and dental checks.
We know healthy vision is only one barrier in the long list of obstacles faced by children who have their rights denied every single day. However, it is an important one because like UNICEF we want to see a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm, healthy and able to fulfil their potential.
On the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, when UNICEF asks to #GoBlue – we say yes! Because we stand with the worlds’ children, the most vulnerable population on the planet. Yes to children’s rights globally, and yes to world leaders committing to do more for all children, in all ways.