Today is World Children’s Day, a
day which is commemorated all around the worldand which celebrates the rights
of children as human beings. Children are people today, their ideas, opinions
and experiences should be heard and should be given due weight and consideration
at home, in schools, as well as in all the decisions taken on their behalf.
This day should be celebrated on
a national level therefore the Office of the Commissioner for Children was
instrumental in encouraging schools and other entities to organise activities
for children in order to commemorate this special day. Over 50 primary and
secondary schools, including State, Church and Independent Schools, have
organised various initiatives during the week leading up to the day. These
include: No homework day, special assemblies, healthy eating workshops, sports
activities, games, crafts, discussions and activities embracing diversity.
Various other entities including various Local Councils will also be organising
activities on the actual day. The Office distributed a banner to all
The Office also distributed two
publications namely Kiko u l-Id, a
Council of Europe Publication as part of the One in Five Campaign to stop
sexual violence against children. The 18th of November was also the
European day for the Protection of Children against sexual exploitation and
abuse. This story can be read directly to children by their parents/carers and
teachers and comes with an insert addressed to parents and educators. This was
disseminated to all children in Kinder 2. The other publication is B’Saħħitna ma’ Ġuġinu, an activity book designed with the specific
aim of encouraging children from an early age to eat healthy food. This was
disseminated amongst all children in year 1.
A message from the Commissioner
was also sent out to all primary schools to be read out to the children.
In order to mark
this day, the Hon. Minister Dr Michael Farrugia, Minister for the Family and Social
Solidarity, was invited to visit the Office of the Commissioner in order to be
informed of the work being carried out as well as to present him with
recommendations and suggestions to amend policy and legislation in the best
interests of children.