State Minister at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says adults should make it a routine to hear the concerns of children and to protect their rights.
Mr Terrelonge, who was speaking at the launch of the 2019 Primary School Child Rights Creative Competition, held on Tuesday (Nov 26), at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in St. Andrew, said “Jamaica has moved beyond the days when children were to be seen and not heard”.
The State Minister said the Government is committed to “ensuring that your rights are protected”, adding that space must be made for children to be heard, and as a country “we must do better in guarding children against abuse”.
He told the participants to regard the competition as an education process to highlight their rights.
“Jamaica has moved beyond the days when children were to be seen and not heard”— State Minister at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge
“Education is the best gift that you can give yourselves, and educating yourselves about the rights that you have as children is not only a gift about you [but] it is a gift for all of Jamaica,” the State Minister said.
The aim of the Primary School Child Rights Creative Competition is to provide a space for children, through creative pieces, to express what they think about child rights in Jamaica as laid down in the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Jamaica ratified in 1991.