The Department of Social Development under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication, joins the rest of the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2018, which is also being recognized as World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (WDPAC) under the theme, “Our Children: their Education, their Future, their Voice”. The day is also set aside to celebrate milestones made for children and to bring awareness to the challenges they continue to face.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989 and has been the most widely sanctioned human rights treaty in history; it has made a contributed significantly to the manner in which children are treated.
Children in the Turks and Caicos Islands are recognized as our society’s most vulnerable resource and as such, it is imperative that they be given equal opportunity to reach their full potential; communities must unite and ensure that they are given a voice, their rights valued and they are equipped through education.
This year the world is ‘Going Blue’ for Children’s Day and like many other countries around the world, the Turks & Caicos support building a society where every child is in school, safe from harm and allow to fulfil their potential. As the country moves forward in its continuous fight for the rights of children, we must remember that every child deserves an adult champion to fight in their corner, so let us stand up to our commitment and leave no child behind. Our Children, their education, their future, their voice!
Minister with responsibility for Social Development, Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams, commenting on the day noted; “This day gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we have done and our ongoing efforts to safeguard, educate, foster and empower our children so that they may go on to lead productive and successful lives.”
The Minister continued; “We must work harder and smarter to ensure that all our children leave the education system with the relevant knowledge and skills and are better placed to pursue higher education opportunities and participate meaningfully in any work environment. As the Minister responsible for Social Development, I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that are children are protected and have the best possible chance of becoming nation builders.
It is therefore my pleasure to wish the children of the Turks & Caicos Islands a “Happy Universal Children’s Day 2018!”