World Children’s Day is Wednesday November 20th and the Bureau of Gender Affairs is collaborating with the Social Welfare Division to draw attention to the cause of abused children. This is according to Communications Officer of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Shermel Elizee.
World Children’s Day was established by the United Nations in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th annually. This day is to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. Elizee informed Dominica Vibes that the activities began with a candlelight vigil on Sunday 17th November 2019.
This is in support of victims of child abuse and was held at the EC Loblack Bridge.
Elizee said, “On Monday 18th November, there was a Children’s Forum held by a few secondary schools across the island including Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, Portsmouth Seventh Day Adventist School and the Convent High School as well.
“On Tuesday 19th November, there will be a consultation with practitioners of child protection agencies. On the 20th of November, the actual day on which Universal Children’s Day will be celebrated, there will be a mural done by Massacre Primary School along with Pioneer Prep.
Elizee further said, “On the 21st of November, there will be another forum with school principals. On the 22nd of November, there will be an educational radio programme with children which will start at 5pm. This programme will include discussion on children’s rights and responsibilities.
“There will also be a Community Connection Day; an ‘on the block’ discussion,” she said.