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  • Patron of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Hon. Douglas Orane, appealed for Jamaicans to go back to the days when the entire village would raise a child.
  • He was speaking recently at a church service held at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston to kick off activities for Child Month 2015.
  • May is being observed as Child Month under the theme: ‘Children Safety and Security – Our Priority’.

“No longer can we say it is not our business”.  These were the words of Patron of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Hon. Douglas Orane, as he appealed for Jamaicans to go back to the days when the entire village would raise a child.

“I want each and everyone to make it their business to look after and protect our children,” Mr. Orane said.

He was speaking recently at a church service held at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston to kick off activities for Child Month 2015.

May is being observed as Child Month under the theme: ‘Children Safety and Security – Our Priority’.

Her Worship the Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Dr. Angella Brown Burke, reminded parents that children are “gifts to us from God,” hence, they should care for them and protect them from harm.

“I want you to make a commitment to be a member of that village that sees to it that our children are safe,” she urged.

Mayor Brown Burke further noted that research has shown that children, who attend Sunday or Sabbath school, are members of uniformed groups, and who have loving parents, do well in school and do not go missing.

“It is important that we know these things because when we know these things, it becomes our duty to make sure that it is happening to our children,” she said.

Other activities for Child Month include National Children’s Day, which will be observed on Friday, May 15.  On this day, adults are being encouraged to fete their children similar to what is done on Mother’s and Father’s Day.

Action Day will be observed on Friday, May 29. The day creates an opportunity for schools, clubs, churches and youth groups to engage in activities reflecting the theme for the month.

Activities will also be extended to the month of June, with the second staging of the Youth Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards. This event recognises and honours students, who attend non-traditional high schools and have overcome great odds to achieve outstanding results in their external examinations.

Observed annually, Child Month allows for special attention to be placed on the nation’s children, and for the public to be made aware of some of the issues affecting children, and what can be done to alleviate their problems.

Download the National Child Month Committee Calendar for 2015