Margaret Reid

ACT Children’s Week Patron

Welcome to Children’s week 2020.

For a while it may have looked as though the celebration may not happen this year, but that is without taking into account the imagination and resilience of those who for our benefit run Children’s week. A virus would  not defeat them and the Committee has worked particularly hard this year to ensure we have the interesting program which is before us and that it happens Covid 19 style. Thank you to all on the  Committee.

Congratulations also to all nominated for awards, you deserve recognition and, thank you for your  contributions to our community.

For two  reasons Article 15 of the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of the  Child is significant. Firstly because it recognises the Chid as a person who is  entitled “ to meet and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights,” and from that participation  learn to socialise and contribute  to their community. Secondly because of the statement that ”in exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights freedoms and reputations of others”. It is my belief that rights and responsibilities should always be discussed together and we have a duty to make sure Children understand why this is so.