Parents, teachers and community members were advised to vote for candidates who advocate for children’s right.
Speaking during International Children’s Day celebration in Auki yesterday, Save the Children representative Rebecca Awa called on Malaitans to vote candidates who prioritize advocacy for children’s right in there visionary strategies.
“The future of our children depends on who we vote to become our representative in parliament.”
Ms Awa in her plain message said development starts from the lowest to highest level in the society.
“If government aligns national development includes prioritizing our children then definitely will ensure a healthy society in the near future.
“Development plans implemented should consider welfare of children especially in their nurturing stage.”
Awa remarkably challenged; “Children you are the future and must show what have while here today.”
She shared the concept of children being susceptible to changes in the modern society through influence of media, peers, family and schools.
“It is the role of duty bearers to teach children goodness of life whilst avoiding anti-social behavior which leads up to violence.
“Home is foundation for a child to grow which can be reflected in next stage of life.”
Theme for this year reads: “Promoting safe learning environment free from violence for sustainable development.”
A summary report made by Save the Children branch office in Auki earlier ruled that violence against children in the province is sporadically high.
Ignorance by parents added cultural mindset when viewing children off-sets their upbringing condition which can be churning for the society, it was highlighted.
International Children’s Day is usually celebrated on 11th November but examinations see Save the Children setting it for yesterday.
Four communities near Auki town namely Urrabala, Fote, Fiu and Manawai attended the event.
More than 80 children were part of the program which featured group presentations, graphic display and sharing of constructive ideas.
The program was described by participants as interactive and see more participatory of children in voicing out issues affecting their growth. The children were able to digest information attentively yielding their knowledge.
By Teddy Kafo