JIS News

The National Child Month Committee (NCMC), will be hosting some 200 children today (November 22), at Wynter’s Park in St. Catherine.
The children selected are from the Glenhope Place of Safety, Early Stimulation Project, 3D Project and the Union Gardens and Trench Town Basic Schools.
Chairperson for the Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings, told JIS News that the trip was partly in observance of Universal Children’s Day, which was celebrated by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), on November 20.
“The aim of the trip also is to encourage children and let them know that persons care and love them,” she informed.
Outlining the day’s activities, Dr. Mullings said that lunch and entertainment would be provided for the children. Activities will also include rides and games. “We feel that they should have a wonderful day, despite the ominous weather,” she said.
Accompanying the children will be ‘housemothers’ from Glenhope, workers from Rural Services for Children and the NCMC, to ensure that the children enjoy their special trip.
Dr. Mullings praised Kingston Wharves Limited, for their willingness to support the worthy venture, as it would go a long way to promote the goal of Universal Children’s Day, which is to promote fraternity and understanding among children.
The first Child Month programme was organised in 1953 by the NCMC, which then comprised representatives from the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) and Jamaica Save the Children Fund.
The Committee has been expanded since its inception, to include representatives of government and non-government institutions, working in the interest of the children of Jamaica.