Mark the Date!

The following is a list of important dates designated for creating awareness of children’s issues. Please send us an email at if you would like to see other dates included in this list.

At House of Mercy Children’s Home, Lagos, Nigeria (HOM), we endeavour to challenge those with responsibility to protect the rights of children to survival, development and wellbeing as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

We hope that the following dates will mobilise and inspire concerned organisations and individuals to take action to improve the lives of children and that the relevant government departments will ensure that children are placed at the forefront of the development agenda.

Our vision is of a prosperous and peaceful African continent where every child lives in safety and dignity and is enabled to reach his or her full potential. Africa: From Neo-colonialism to True Independence


  • 4 January           World Braille Day
  • 29 January         World Leprosy Eradication Day


  • 12 February       International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
  • 21 February       International Mother Language Day


  • 3 March               World Hearing Day
  • 8 March               International Women’s Day
  • 21 March             International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 22 March             World Water Day


  • 2 April                  World Autism Awareness Day
  • 7 April                  World Health Day
  • 12 April                International Day for Street Children
  • 23 April               World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day)
  • 25 April                World Malaria Day


  • 15 May                 International Day of Families
  • 25 May                 Africa Day
  • 27 May                 Children’s Day Nigeria
  • 28 May                 Menstrual Hygiene Day


  • 4 June                  International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • 12 June                World Day against Child Labour
  • 13 June                International Albinism Awareness Day
  • 16 June                Day of the African Child
  • 20 June                World Refugee Day
  • 26 June                International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking


  • 12 August            International Youth Day
  • 23 August            International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition


  • 8 September         International Literacy Day
  • 23 September       International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking


  • 1 October             Independence Day Nigeria
  • 5 October             World Teachers’ Day
  • 10 October           World Mental Health Day
  • 11 October           International Day of the Girl Child
  • 16 October           World Food Day
  • 17 October           International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 24 October           World Polio Day
  • 30 October           Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security


  • 1 November          Africa Youth Day
  • 19 November        World Toilet Day
  • 20 November        Universal Children’s Day
  • 25 November        International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


  • 1 December         World AIDS Day
  • 2 December         International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 2 December         World Computer Literacy Day
  • 3 December         International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 5 December         International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
  • 9 December         International Anti-Corruption Day

We pay tribute to the dedication, hard work and commitment of the many front-line social workers, professionals and people in Nigeria and around the world who are striving to build a child-friendly world for this and future generations.