by Ryan Gilkes
Barbadians are being urged to rejoice in the achievements of the nation’s children.
The call was made this morning by Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett at a church service held at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre to mark the start of Child Month.
The theme for the observance is Let’s Embrace and Appreciate Our Children.
Blackett said this “focuses our attention on the overwhelming influence the family and caregivers can have on the lives of out children.”
“The Child Care Board has as it mandate, an almost sacred responsibility to address the care and protection needs of the children when their parents and extended family members are unable to do so. Inherent in this trust is the fact that every provision must be made to ensure that societies are encouraged to embrace a culture of celebrating and appreciating our children from the time of conception,” he said.
The minister added: “Society must also be sensitized to the severe consequences of abusing children and such evil behaviour [must] be stamped out. Furthermore, as has been proven time and time again, a child well cared for and in whom good values have been instilled from birth, is most likely to become the stable, reliable and confident young person and adult that is needed to move the country forward.”