Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

From TCNEWS

A charity organization known as Harrison Goodness Foundation, HGF has encouraged the government and other major stakeholders to continue to work together to build a brighter future for children.

In a release which reflected on the theme of this year’s celebration,”Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology, made available to newsmen through WhatsApp by the Secretary General of the Foundation, Dr. Mrs Gloria Harrison, the Foundation harped on the critical need to create a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

According to the release, Children’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made in ensuring that children’s rights are respected and protected, as well as to acknowledge the challenges that still exist, but decried that millions of children around the world have continued to face poverty, malnutrition, lack of access to education, and exposure to violence and exploitation.

The release which dealt extensively on advocating for children’s rights, maintained that by raising awareness about the challenges faced by children on Children’s Day,  “We can work towards creating a better future for all children”.

The release partly read, “Children’s Day is a special day celebrated in various countries around the world to honor children and promote their well-being. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about children’s rights, education, health, and happiness. The observance of Children’s Day dates back to the early 20th century and has since become an important occasion for communities to come together and celebrate the youngest members of society.

“One of the most well-known instances of Children’s Day is on November 20th, which marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. These documents outline the fundamental rights that every child is entitled to, regardless of their background or circumstances. They include the right to education, health care, protection from harm, and the right to play and enjoy their childhood.

“Children’s Day is also a day of celebration and fun. Many countries organize special events and activities for children, such as concerts, parades, games, and parties. These festivities provide children with the opportunity to come together, make new friends, and simply enjoy being kids.

“Moreover, Children’s Day serves as a reminder to adults of the importance of nurturing and supporting the next generation. It is a time to recognize the impact that parents, teachers, caregivers, and communities have on children’s lives. By providing love, guidance, and encouragement, adults can help children grow into confident, compassionate, and responsible individuals.

“Furthermore, Children’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the achievements and potential of children. Whether it is showcasing their artistic talents, academic accomplishments, athletic skills, or creative ideas, Children’s Day celebrates the uniqueness and resilience of every child. It is a day to empower children to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, no matter how big or small”.

While maintaining its call for the recognition of the rights of children, advocating for their well-being, and celebrating their achievements, HGF also observed that Children’s Day is a meaningful and significant occasion that celebrates the importance of children in the society. 

By NWAMARA

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