By Chika Onyesi
The United Nations Children’s Fund has pledged to support Nigerian communities to promote the rights of children.
The children’s charity says it has become necessary to back all Nigerian children to enable them fulfil their dreams.
UNICEF Country Representative, Mr. Peter Hawkins made the assertion while addressing the students of Government Day Secondary School, Garki, during the 2019 World Children’s Day celebration in Abuja.
According to Hawkins education of the child should be accorded a priority as it is the basic threshold for children to know and demand their rights
He described Nigerian children as the light, dream and the hope of tomorrow, stressing that education is the only foundation that could give them the desired peaceful and sustainable future.
“Indeed, the Nigerian government must see education as a priority for every child. In doing so, they must invest in it. Increased funding will ensure that the poorest families aren’t forced to pay for their children’s schooling, ensure better-equipped schools and adequately trained teachers with sufficient support,” Hawkins said.
The event organised for secondary school children was also an opportunity to showcase the talents of the Nigerian child and re-affirm the need to value and recognise the rights of children.
The 2019 World Children’s Day which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child was an opportunity to release a song produced by UNICEF and dedicated to Nigerian children.
Hawkins reminded the children that every one of them was born with a talent and a future stressing that world leaders committed to their future by instituting the day.
‘‘Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which made provision for 42 rights in the passports as enshrined in the convention on the rights of the child “.
“Today UNICEF Nigeria says the children are the tomorrow of Nigeria, that is why this year’s 2019 world Children’s Day which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the CRC UNICEF provides a platform to showcase their talent
While addressing the children, a Nigerian celebrity Cobhams Asuquo, said the Nigerian children are all that is right with Nation.
He urged the children to aspire to be different in the face of all the challenges and negativity in Nigeria.
He stressed that every Nigerian child has the chance and opportunity to re-write all that is wrong with the country.
‘‘You you all have the chance to re-write all the wrongs the previous generations before committed, I envy you all because you have the chance “ Asuquo said
The World Children’s Day is commemorated globally every November 20, to raise awareness on the well-being of children, as well as encourage togetherness, and understanding among children.