Published: 2017-11-13 15:58
Last Updated: 2017-11-13 15:58
A 16-year-old girl has become Jordan’s Prime Minister for the day, as the country celebrates UNICEF World Children’s Day.
“From teenager to government leader, 16-year-old Inoor Alwaneh had the chance to “take over” Prime Minister H.E. Doctor Hani Mulki’s role as part of World Children’s Day,” UNICEF Jordan said on its Facebook page.
UNICEF have been using the phrase #ChildrenTakeOver as a hashtag on social media to promote awareness among children worldwide to build a better world for them, and to voice the opinions of Alawneh’s peers.
Jordan has a population of 7.5 million, including 2.9 million children under the age of 18, and is one of UNICEF’s model countries for the protection of children’s rights, as infant and maternal mortality rates have declined dramatically since 1990.
The number of children attending primary school has increased to 98%, and more girls than boys are now enrolled at school.
The UN Universal Children’s Day was first celebrated in 1954 and was established to promote and celebrate children’s rights.
The UN General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.