THE Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) will be looking at ways to reschedule the Universal Children’s Day celebration in the country from the usual November 20th date.
This was revealed by Goldie Lusi, the Director of Children Development division within the ministry when speaking at the Children’s Day celebration in Honiara yesterday.
Mr Lusi said the reason for the proposed rescheduling was due to its timing clash with the busy academic schedules for schools.
“On the timing for Universal Children’s Day, the ministry have noted that 20th November has not been a favourable date for our school children, particularly because of the busy academic schedule annually.
“We therefore intended to reach an ordinance with the City Council to ensure a suitable date is reached for this event annually.”
Mr Lusi also highlighted that, along the need to rescheduling and nationalizing the Universal Children’s Day date, the ministry is also looking at reviving the Doctor Denni Iniakwala Award.
“Honiara is now a growing multi-cultural society.
“Given the diversity of people and culture, the ministry have sensed the need to revive and expand the context of this award, so that child advocacy is not only promoted amongst individuals but churches and business houses as well.
“By doing so, the responsibility to treasuring children is not only confined to one but all of us,” the Director said.
The Award was instituted to show recognition to strong advocacy for children in communities throughout the country.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA