Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna is encouraging all Jamaicans to participate and support the country’s first ever National Children’s Day, which will be celebrated on Friday, May 18.
“I want to encourage all of you to not only turn on your headlights but to ensure that you wear the colour yellow for our children,” Ms. Hanna urged at the launch of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) 5th anniversary publication and child participation programmes on May 17 at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.
She noted that inthe same way mothers and fathers are honoured on their special days, it is expected that families and institutions across the country will honour, appreciate, celebrate and highlight the nation’s children on Children’s Day.
“It is a day when parents should really give their children not only kisses and hugs and treats and tokens, but also sit with them and go through what they are going through, talk to them about their day, talk to them about their life and aspirations,” she said.
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed the third Friday in May each year as National Children’s Day, beginning this Friday.
The day forms part of celebrations for National Child Month in May. Child Month was first observed in May, 1953, under the patronage of Lady Foote, wife of the then Governor.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter