Universal Children’s Day Opening Service
The United Nations General Assembly has recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
The Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
In Dominica, the Social Welfare Division has planned a number of activities for the event which began on Sunday November 18th, with an opening service in Grand Bay.
Ms. Jemma Azille, Acting Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, says the theme for this year is “Stop Violence Against Children, Real Men Don’t.”
Often times violence against children leave no visible scars, but it is one of the most serious problem affecting our children today.
In recognition of Universal Children’s Day on November 20th, the Social Welfare Division has planned a number of activities including educational sessions with pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools, and a youth rally on Wednesday the 21st in Wesley.
CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Ms. Natasha Jervier, says the subject of violence against children is a matter of great urgency, it will affect us one way or another if we do not manage it properly.
Parliamentary Representative and Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Honourable Justina Charles, says in keeping with this year’s theme, the focus is on our men.
She calls on families to make pray the center of their lives, so they can help end violence among our children in Dominica