JIS News

Children’s Advocate, Mary Clarke, has charged senior citizens to play a greater role in ensuring that the rights of the nation’s children were promoted and enforced.
Mrs. Clarke, who was speaking at the St. Andrew Senior Citizens Club parish awards ceremony held yesterday (Sept.14) at St. Mary’s the Virgin Anglican Church on Molynes Road, noted that, “children have the right to survival, the right to development, the right to protection and participation” and there were many ways in which senior citizens could assist in promoting those rights.
“You can help to promote the survival of a child. The survival of a child has to do chiefly with the health of the child. Help mothers by teaching them how to breastfeed and promote breastfeeding. Tell them about the importance of immunization and encourage them to take their babies to the clinic,” she advised.
She further urged them to pass on their knowledge about the country’s history to the younger generation. “We need to pass on our cultural heritage to our children. Tell them stories, you know these stories, pass them on, and tell the younger ones. This way, our culture and our history can be passed on orally,” she pointed out.
Mrs. Clarke also urged the seniors to listen to the children when they speak and give them answers to the questions they ask. “Give the children an opportunity to speak. We should no longer tell them that children should be seen and not heard; listen to them,” she implored.
“Let us as seniors see our children as being in need of survival, development, protection and participation. Be involved in protecting the children of Jamaica, look out for them, care for them, love them, hug them and discipline them,” she said further.
Meanwhile, a number of senior citizens from the St. Andrew Senior Citizens Club were presented with trophies and certificates for their participation in the National Senior Citizens’ Sports Day held on August 31.
A number of organizations were also presented with certificates of appreciation from the National Council for Senior Citizens for their contribution to senior citizens in Jamaica.
These organisations are: Mico Teacher’s College, St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, the Poor Relief Department of Kingston and St. Andrew, the Social Development Commission, the Kingston Public Hospital, the Consumer Affairs Commission, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, the National Insurance Scheme and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).