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.