National Children’s Day is a holiday in Tuvalu. In the local language it is called “Tamaliki”, which just means “children”. The holiday is observed on the first Monday of every August.
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Tuvalu’s population is only a little over 10,000, but this tiny Polynesian nation may well grow rapidly over the next generation given that a third of the populace is under the age of 14. It’s no wonder that a nation with so many children would want to separate a specific day to celebrate the importance of children to society.
Tuvalu pays a lot of attention to children’s welfare all year round, not just on Children’s Day. For example, everyone under the age of 18 is provided medical care free of charge. And all children must attend school, also free of charge. But since there are only two secondary level schools in Tuvalu, many children must live away from home during their teen years except for holidays when they get to visit their family.