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World Children's Day 2015

Data tal-Pubblikazzjoni: Nov 20, 2015

Today is World Children’s Day, a day which is celebrated all around the world. 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.

The Office of the Commissioner for Children organised various activities in order to commemorate this important day. An activity was organised on the 18th of November which was then repeated on the 19th of November in order to include as many children as possible from State, Church and Independent Schools. The activity took place at the Verdala Castle and was organised in collaboration with the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. The theme was that of promoting healthy relationships, both in the home as well as amongst peers. The Children were visited by H.E Ms Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, Dr Michael Farrugia, Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity, the Hon. Dr Deborah Schembri and the Hon. Mr Robert Cutajar. A special programme about the importance of internet safety ran parallel to the children’s event for the accompanying adults.

 The Office of the Commissioner for Children would like to thank the Directorate for Student Services and the Drama Unit for collaborating fully with the Office to organise another successful event in the best interest of children in Malta and Gozo. The Office would also like to thank the Principal, lecturers and students who attend the Institute for Community Services at MCAST who also participated, in more ways than one, and contributed towards the success of the event.This event was also possible because of a number of professionals who participated, namely the BeSmartOnline! Team and the Cyber Crime Unit within the Malta Police Force.  The Office of the Commissioner for Children would also like to thank Malta Dairy Products Ltd. and Farsons for their support in providing yoghurts and beverages for the children.

 As part of the World Children’s Day celebrations, all children from Kinder 1 till form 4 attending state, church  as well as independent schools will be receiving the following publications: Kinder1: Flash Cards on Children’s Rights, Kinder 2: Kiko and the hand, a publication of the Council of Europe which aims to prevent sexual abuse, Year 1: Colouring Book on Children’s Rights, year 2: ‘Fit-Triq ma’ Kinu’, an activity book on road safety’ year 3: a simplified version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, year 4: a Board Game promoting the good use of the years 5 and 6: a book entitled ‘My Rights’, Form 1: an information note on internet safety, form 2: a simplified version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, forms 3 and 4:  an information note on internet safety.

A conference addressing the excessive use of the internet and the interplay between self harm, eating disorders and the internet was organised for professionals working with children, particularly educators, social workers and mental health professionals as part of the BeSmartOnline! Initiative which the Office forms part of.​