KINGSTON – Chairperson of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Dr. Pauline Mullings, is appealing to parents and caregivers to exercise greater responsibility in the guidance and protection of the nation's children.
Dr. Mullings made the call at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on March 29 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, where she spoke on the sponsorship and upcoming events for National Child Month 2011. The month will be celebrated under the theme: ‘Our World, Their Future, Our Responsibility’.
“For this Child Month, what we are focusing on is to help adults to come to the point where they recognise that we can do far more than we are doing for our children in terms of guiding them and leading them,” she stated.
Dr. Mullings said that, having worked at a high school, she was exposed to the many issues that are affecting children. “They will come to you and say, “Miss, can I talk to you?” and you would be surprised to know the issues that they are undergoing and the things they are experiencing,” she pointed out.
She said it was unfortunate that some children are being branded as “rude” or “bad” by adults, who do not take the time to find out what is happening in their lives, and challenged Jamaicans to extend a helping hand to a child, who might need some assistance.
“We can look at a child, who needs somebody to be just close enough to them to just pat them on the back or to say something to them that would make them feel special. That’s our focus for this year; to really sensitise our adults and to get our adults motivated to do a better job, probably to do the job that our parents did for us,” she stated.
By E. HARTMAN RECKORD, JIS Information Officer