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Nov 20, 2015

NCFC Embraces Diverse Abilities on Children’s Day

International Children’s day is marked in calendars around to the globe. It doesn’t matter on which day the celebration is held; the mission is to ensure that children around the world are not exploited but rather that they enjoy a better future. In Belize City, the National Committee for Families and Children focused their activities on children with diverse abilities. News Five’s Isani Cayetano was at Stella Maris for the celebration.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Children’s Day is celebrated on different days in countries around the world, to pay tribute to children globally.  For the most part, it is commemorated annually on November twentieth and was instituted primarily to promote common exchange and understanding among children.  Secondly, it was established to introduce action that benefits and promotes the welfare of children across the world, including those with diverse abilities.  In Belize City, the National Committee for Families and Children, NCFC, has reached out to the kids at Stella Maris.

 

Kyle Miller, Program Officer, NCFC

Kyle Miller

“We are going under the theme, “Highlighting Children with Diverse Abilities” hence the reason for us being here at Stella Maris today whereby we’ve been doing different activities for the kids.  We have bouncy house, we have face painting, we have some food, we have sporting activities, you know.  We’re doing a lot for them just for them to come out and, you know, have fun.  It’s their day so we’re here to just give them that chance to have a little fun.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“How did the idea come about to select kids with diverse abilities as opposed to other children?”

 

Kyle Miller

“We just sat at the table and we were thinking, “Okay it’s International Children’s Day and so one of the things that we decided was that children with [diverse abilities] we’re highlighting them.  We’re just saying that we have all kids, each school every year celebrates Children’s Day and they always do activities at their school.  So we, as a group, as an NCFC team, said well let’s just highlight kids with disabilities and hence the reason why we are here today, you know.  We said that there are not many times when these kids are highlighted and they are just as important as any other kids in Belize or anywhere else.  They have rights as well because as you may know that the International Children’s Day it’s linked to CRC which is the Convention to the Rights of a Child.”

Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in the form of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

 

Kyle Miller

 “Children with disabilities have all rights just like any other kids and so we’re just here highlighting that today that, you know, they have the right to play, they have the right to have fun, to learn just as any other kid and they are normal just like every other kid.”

Isani Cayetano

“And what has been the reception from these kids?”

 

Kyle Miller

“Very excited, you know.  From the opening ceremony we had the steel band and they were dancing and stuff like that and when we told them that it’s time to have fun then, like again, just like any normal child they jumped to the bouncy house, they were excited about the face painting.  When they went into the other room they saw a little picture booth so they put on a little prop and stuff like that.  So they are very excited and very receptive to the event and to the whole Children’s Day event.”

In September 2012, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon led the initiative for the education of children.  He firstly wants every child to be able to attend school.  Secondly, to improve the skillset acquired in these schools and to implement policies regarding education to promote peace, respect and environmental concern.

 

Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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