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  • Scores of students traversing the St. William Grant Park and its environs in downtown Kingston on their way to School were feted on May 15 by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), as part of its activities for Child Month.
  • Members of the NCMC were out in its numbers, dressed in bright yellow to hand out stickers, goodies and to hug the children as they make their way to school.
  • Registrar at the OCR, Greig Smith, who was also on hand, noted that their interaction with the children was to show them that “we care for them and that it is not only their immediate guardian, parent or adult who should show them genuine love and protection.”

Scores of students traversing the St. William Grant Park and its environs in downtown Kingston on their way to School were feted on May 15 by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), as part of its activities for Child Month.

Members of the NCMC, along with representatives from the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Office of the Children’s Advocate, the Child Development Agency (CDA), volunteers from other Government agencies and youth groups, was out in its numbers, dressed in bright yellow to hand out stickers, goodies and to hug the children as they make their way to school.

Registrar at the OCR, Greig Smith, who was also on hand, noted that their interaction with the children was to show them that “we care for them and that it is not only their immediate guardian, parent or adult who should show them genuine love and protection.”

He said it is really a blessing to serve the children of Jamaica, and as a public servant, he wants to lead the way in demonstrating that children safety and security is his priority.

Meanwhile, Chair of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, is encouraging parents, guardians and caregivers to do something exceptional and special for every child.

“We want every child to feel special and loved today, but we are also encouraging the adults to continue the drive throughout the year,” she said.

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 the problems.  Jamaica is the only country in the world that has a Month dedicated to children.

The third Friday in May is celebrated as Children’s Day annually in Jamaica.

Other activities that will be undertaken by the NCMC include a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for children and their families on May 27 at the Faith Chapel, 1 Renfield Avenue, Kingston 20.

Action Day will be observed on Friday, May 29. The day is used by 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.