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  • On June 16, nine young Jamaicans will be appointed Child Ambassadors, by the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).
  • The new appointees, age 10 to 16 years, will serve for two years in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Mary, Trelawny, St. James, Westmoreland, Manchester, St. Catherine, and Clarendon.
  • The Child Ambassador Programme, which was launched by the OCR in 2012, aims to get more children involved in the fight against child abuse.

On June 16, nine young Jamaicans will be appointed Child Ambassadors, by the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).

The new appointees, age 10 to 16 years, will serve for two years in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Mary, Trelawny, St. James, Westmoreland, Manchester, St. Catherine, and Clarendon.

The Child Ambassador Programme, which was launched by the OCR in 2012, aims to get more children involved in the fight against child abuse, as well as increase their awareness of the agency’s role and functions.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith advised that the appointments were initially for one year, but were extended to two to enable youngsters “to get more value out of the programme.”

“It is best to have it for two years since, after the first year, most of the ambassadors are really getting into the grove to work,” he said.

Mr. Smith said the programme aims to have one appointee per parish. As such, the OCR will seek to incorporate more youngsters during the course of the year. He advised, however, that the additional appointees will be designated associate child ambassadors.

“They would not have gone through the regular selection process as others and would have been selected through the recommendations of their teachers and principals or through the selection, by identification, from the OCR staff, who conducts school tours within their school,” he said.

Mr. Smith said former child ambassadors will still be on board to assist with the training of new appointees and serve as mentors.

“We will not disband them (former ambassadors). They will be very integral in our public education activities; they will be part of the OCR’s family,” he assured.