ChildLine Universal Children's Day 2020 Competition

Universal Children’s Day 2020

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.


The devastation wrought by natural disasters can cause the displacement of thousands or even mil­lions of children and families. This displacement can be relatively short term or last for longer periods as communities make attempts to rebuild structures. Children are particularly vulnerable during population displacements, especially if their parents are killed or they are separated from their families in the chaos of the event. Alone, children are at increased risk of vio­lence, exploitation and trafficking. Displaced children are also at increased risk from opportunistic diseases such as measles which can thrive in overcrowded conditions in emergency shelters.

As such, to commemorate this day as well as raise awareness, ChildLine would like to invite young persons; within the following age categories, to submit creative art pieces depicting elements of the selected theme. This year, the theme is centred around Children and Climate.


ChildLine welcomes you to participate, with permission from a parent or guardian for persons 18 years and under, in our first national art and writing competition. We encourage you to express yourself through painting, drawing, colouring, writing poems, or stories!

Tell us, through art or writing, how has climate change impacted you and/or your family. To participate,  submit your creation below in the “Artwork Submission Form”. Please include your full nameagecontact number, mailing and email address with your submission.

When naming your file, include your full name and the chosen title for your creation. i.e. FirstName_LastName_ArtworkTitle.

For example: Leonardo_DaVinci_MonaLisa

Please also include a brief caption (no more than 1 paragraph) to explain your artwork or writing. Finally, you can submit and await an email to confirm your successful submission!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be notified via email and their artwork displayed on ChildLine’s website and social media platforms on November 20th 2020. All submissions will also be available on our website at a later date.

Theme: Children and Climate

Criteria to win:

  1. Originality of ideas
  2. Use of different or innovative mediums
  3. A clear and understandable message related to the theme
  4. Age-appropriate content


1st Place: 2 Five Islands passes

2nd Place: 1 Pennywise Voucher ($500)

3rd Place: 1 ChildLine Hamper

NB: Each age group will be judged separately and receive separate prizes.

Important Note:

  1. It is expected that some amount of parental assistance may be necessary. However, parents are strongly discouraged from submitting their artwork instead of their children’s.
  2. Any participant found to be in breach of the guidelines will be disqualified.
  3. Participants are only permitted to submit once.


Deadline for submission: 1st November 2020

Artwork Submission Form

Please give a brief description (1 paragraph maximum) of the materials used and the intended meaning of your artwork.