Celebrating the rights of Barbadian children
Balloons were symbolically raised following about two and a half hours of performances by young entertainers in the areas of song, drama and music.
The occasion was Barbados’ celebration of the 25th anniversary of the declaration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child held at the Hilton Barbados Resort today.
The performers included the St Leonard’s Boys’ School Choir, dramatist Kyle Cozier of The St Michael School, song bird and former contestant in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Show Cherece Richards, Junior Calypso Monarch Ranaan Hackett, who captured the hearts of the crowd with a beautiful rendition of his winning calypso No Daddy and Junior Calypso Monarch Sammy G.
Joshua Desir, a student of Harrison College, made a brief presentation on behalf of the hundreds of young people present at the rally.
In a brief address, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett said that violations of children’s rights compromise a country’s future prosperity and its ability to achieve lasting peace.
He said Barbadians must do everything they can to protect the island’s children.
He also reminded the audience that all member states must have a comprehensive child protection system in place as part of their obligations under the convention.
In an equally brief presentation, UNICEF Representative for the Eastern Caribbean Khin-Sandi Lwin stressed that children are not the property of adults.
Additionally, she said, parents and adults have an obligation to ensure their protection and that they realise their full potential.