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International Year of the Child, 1979

International Year of the Child, 1979

The International Year of the Child in 1979 was a United Nations initiative to mark the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Events in New Zealand included a fund-raising Telethon, conferences and exhibitions. Books and papers were published relating to the year and the general topic. This poster was published by the New Zealand National Commission for the International Year of the Child. This illustration by Dick Frizzell of a toddler who has tried to dress himself comes from a book by Trish Gribben, Pyjamas don't matter, or what your baby really needs (1979). It conveys the message that parents should praise their children and acknowledge small successes, even if the results are not perfect.

Courtesy of Trish Gribben, Dick Frizzell and Pearson.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-C-CHILD-1979-01
Poster by Dick Frizzell

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Children’s rights and well-being', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018