World Children’s Day is celebrated across the globe annually on Nov. 20 with an aim to promote the welfare of tomorrow's citizens.

First established as Universal Children's Day in 1954, the event gives people an opportunity to come together to create a better world for the children by advocating and fighting for their rights.

This year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has come up with a "Six Point Plan to Protect our Children" that it wants all the governments to adopt, by providing them the access to nutrition and health services, and protecting their mental health, thus ensuring all the children are educated.

Here are some powerful quotes about children, courtesy Good Reads and Compassion -

  • "There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children."  — Nelson Mandela
  • "Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors." —  Khaled Hosseini
  • "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." — Lady Bird Johnson
  • "Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded." — Jess Lair
  • "It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it." —  Frank Warren
  • "The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." — Billy Graham
  • "I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves." —  C. JoyBell 
  • "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." — Margaret Mead
  • "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." — Frederick Douglass
  • "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." — Charles R. Swindoll
  • "Every child you encounter is a divine appointment." — Wess Stafford

Ethiopian children refugees in Sudan's eastern Gedaref province Ethiopian children refugees in Sudan's eastern Gedaref province Photo: AFP / Ebrahim HAMID