Page 4191 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Children’s Week


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.52): I would like to talk today about two recent events: Children’s Week, which was 24 October to 1 November, and the Communities@Work graduation ceremony on 5 November.

Children’s Week dates from 1954, when the United Nations General Assembly recommended that all countries institute Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and activity promoting the welfare of the world’s children, and that the observance of Universal Children’s Day should be used for a concrete and effective expression of the support of governments for the purposes of UNICEF.

Children’s Week committees in each state and territory seek to focus attention on the theme of Children’s Week with due regard to the rights, needs and accomplishments of children and young people within the context of the family, the community and the world. The committees support and acknowledge government and community groups in their work for our children and young people.

I would like to quote from His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, who said:

Children are so precious to all of us, they represent our future, and they have the enthusiasm and potential to change our world and make it a better place.

Children’s Week is not only a dedication to children, but also a week to recognise the substantial contribution that our communities make to children and their development. I would like to thank those organisations who go to great lengths each and every day to ensure our children are safe, are happy and have every opportunity for positive growth and development.

I particularly note a few organisations who took part in the recent Children’s Week activities. They include, but are not limited to, Bonython Primary School and their P&C; Richardson Child Care and Education Centre; Caroline Chisholm School and after-school care; Communities@Work Appletree House Child Care & Education Centre; Communities@Work Greenway Child Care & Education Centre; Communities@Work Gordon out of school hours care; Communities@Work Chisholm out of school hours care; Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre; Honey Bee Family Day Care; Isabella Plains Child Care and Education Centre; Isabella Plains Early Childhood School; the Filipino Language School of Canberra; and the Australian Breastfeeding Association for the ACT region, and I would like to mention Megan Fox, who organised the picnic that the Australian Breastfeeding Association held. I would also like to acknowledge the Hon Margaret Reid AO, who is the ACT Children’s Week patron.

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