Quoting UNICEF global statistics which point to increasing incidences of child abuse due to the pandemic Kingston Mayor, Delroy Williams has called for a readjustment in minds and attitudes of adults to support and understand the needs of children.
In keeping with this year’s Child Month theme “I Soar”, Williams challenged the nation “ to be cognizant of this situation by providing a supportive and positive environment for our children as we need to equip them to realise their best selves – to soar!”.
In a release, the Mayor stated that the theme is apt as it offers a foundation of motivation for them and the society at large “to eventually cast off the shackles of the struggle with the burdens imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic which has impacted their education, social adjustment and health, among other aspects of their lives”.
“As the Chairman of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings has explained, the wider message of Child Monthh 2021, ‘I strive to overcome adversities with resilience’ speaks to this challenge which means we must all step up to free our nation’s children to soar, to unleash their full potential and unlock their creativity and imagination,”, Mayor Williams noted.
“Our children need an environment that fosters love, care, friendship and appreciation, and they also require adults of conscience to be good role models, who will impact their lives in a positive way. This year’s theme follows nicely from last year’s theme ‘unplug negativity, connect positivity’ as we move towards a post Covid environment,” Williams added.
Williams over the weekend took part in the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) wreath laying ceremony on Sunday (May 2).
The event is held annually in memory of the nation’s children who have died under violent/tragic circumstances