The United Nations Children’s Education Fund has pledged to support Nigerian communities to promote the rights of children.
UNICEF Country Representative , Mr Peter Hawkins made the pledge in Abuja during an event organised by UNICEF to mark the 2019 International World Children’s Day at the Goverment Day Secondary School Garki.
Mr Hawkins also said priority should be given to the Education of the child as it forms the basis of defense for them as regards knowing and standing for their rights in the society.
According to Hawkins, “When a child is educated they will be given the ability to contribute their quota to the community, when a child is educated they can avoid situations that can engender them as regards their health and their future as a whole.
Mr Hawkins stated the celebration of the 2019 World Children’s Day which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child was to showcase the talent of the Nigerian child and re-affirm the need to value and recognise the rights of the children.
He described the Nigerian child as the light, dream and the hope of tomorrow.
According to Hawkins, “Thirty years ago, world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which made provision for 42 rights in the passports as enshrined in the convention on the rights of the child “.
“Every Nigerian Child is born with a talent and a future”
“Today UNICEF Nigeria says the children are the tomorrow of Nigeria , that is why this year’s 2019 world Children’s Day which Coincides with the 30th anniversary of the CRC UNICEF provides a platform to showcase their talent”
Addressing the students of Goverment Day Secondary School Garki, A Special Guest at the event, Cobhams Asuquo, said the Nigerian children are all that is right with Nigeria .
He stressed that every Nigerian child has the chance and opportunity to re-write all that is wrong with the country.
According to Asuquo, ” You are all that is right with Nigeria because you all have the chance to re-write all the wrongs the previous generations before committed ,I envy you all because you have the chance “
Cobhams who called for equal and better treatment of the Nigerian child challenged the students to do better than anyone they have ever admired in the society.
“Greatness is achievable for all Nigerian child , you are every thing that is right with Nigeria and you have a chance to make it better and greatness is in you and you all deserved to be treated well”.
In his statement to the children of the world, the UN Secretary General , Anthonio Gutteres called on the goverments of the world to build on advances and re-commit to putting children first.
According to him, “around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. For every child, every right”
“It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.
But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood; too many childhoods are cut short”.
“It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right” he added.
The event showcased Dance competition among the GSS Garki Students among whom two winners emerged and recieved the gifted of two Techno Spark Phones.
Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November. The goal of Universal Children’s day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.
The theme of the 2019 World Children’s Day is , Children of today, our keepers tomorrow.’
UNICEF Country Rep, Peter Hawkins, Nigeria’s Cobham Asuquo, UNICEF Chief Communication specialist, GSS Garki Vice Principal on the far right Irene Akerele and the two winners of the Dance competition.
Students of Goverment Day Secondary School Garki,Abuja at the event Organised by UNICEF in o mark 2019 World Children’s Day.