Jamaicans are being asked to shower attention on the nation’s children and focus on the role they play in the development of the country on National Children’s Day, May 18.
“We are asking all parents, caregivers, principals, teachers and citizens of Jamaica to honour, esteem, show appreciation and love to our children through recognition, treats, tokens, hugs and kisses and words of encouragement”, Chairperson of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Dr. Pauline Mullings, told JIS News.
“Help them to feel special in the same way we honour parents on Mother’s and Father’s Day,” she urged.
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed the third Friday in May each year as National Children’s Day, beginning next Friday.
The proclamation was read by the Custos Rotulorum of St. Mary, Hon. Robert ‘Bobby’ Pottinger, at a church service in Annotto Bay on Sunday (May 6), to kick off activities for Child Month.
To show support, motorists are asked to have their headlights on during the day and the media to broadcast child friendly and children-focused programmes.
“The general public is being asked to wear sunshine yellow to reflect the joy of the celebration and the prospect for growth for a better future,” Dr. Mullings said.
National Children’s Day seeks to honour, remember, esteem and appreciate children.
The NCMC is mandated to plan activities in May that are geared towards highlighting the needs and challenges of the nation’s children.
By Judith A. Hunter, JIS PRO