Make a Difference today: Universal Children’s Day

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” Nelson Mandela

This sweet young girl wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

Today is Universal Children’s Day – a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and goals of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Did you know that children have certain rights assigned to them? Also did you know that as a caregiver you have certain responsibilities toward our young ones? I encourage you to read more about this here – now!

This gentleman, resplendent in starched garb and dignified with age shuffles across the road in Downtown Kingston as he does his part to protect the children.

Children are such beautiful beings, trusting, innocent and deserving of our love and protection. Sadly many adults who have responsibility to protect them are exactly the ones who strip them of their innocence.


 “child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.” (WHO Consultation on Child Abuse Prevention, 1999)

The innocence of childhood

WHO estimates that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence during 2002. In Jamaica, statistics show that more than 12,000 cases of child abuse have been reported since 2007.

You can make a difference! Click here to find out how!

Let us work together to protect the leaders of tomorrow. Start with those children in your home, on your street, in your local community and never ever underestimate your ability to make a difference!

Join me in the quest to make a difference and spread the word of Universal Children’s Day today!

These children play jumprope in the yard of the Trenchtown Reading Centre

Check out this video that was done sometime ago and recognized by UNICEF as an inspiring piece.

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3 thoughts on “Make a Difference today: Universal Children’s Day”

  1. Our future, the future of our species, and the future of our planet depend upon the children of each new generation. With our disregard for and abuse of our children, It’s no wonder that our world is in such a mess.

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