Nurture A Child Today, Create A Better Tomorrow
Today is Children’s Day. Annually, May 27 is celebrated as Children’s Day in Nigeria just as it is celebrated on different dates in several countries around the world to honour and recognize children globally.
It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect children and allow them have access to education. Since then, countries all over the world celebrate Children’s Day.
Children’s Day was institutionalised to encourage all countries, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It is in appreciation of children- the future leaders of the society.
The event is usually filled with funfair in Nigeria. Having ensured robust investments in human capital and capacity building in children most successful families, businesses, organisations, communities and nations have cause to sit back and celebrate with the children looking forward to a rewarding future.
Children in any clime can only grow to their fullest potential when an enabling environment is provided. Children’s Day celebration presents a great opportunity to evaluate existing set plans on how to nurture, equip and impact the children physically and spiritually for a glorious life in future. Hence, when you nurture a child today, you are indirectly creating a better tomorrow.
Detailed attention should be paid to the nutritional and health care needs of the children. The quality of their education should not be compromised, while the educational materials these children are exposed to during their formative age are closely monitored.
Their spending and savings culture are best cultivated at this stage through specially designed savings accounts in banks.
The schools they attend should be properly scrutinized and all products and services to which they are exposed must be of utmost quality to fully equip their physical and psychological well-being.
Beyond the funfair that characterizes the celebration of this event, Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as labourers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities.
Children feeling the effects of war are being displaced on a daily basis: because of the armed conflict and/or suffer physical and psychological trauma.] The following violations are described in the term “children and armed conflict”: recruitment and child soldiers, killing/maiming of children, abduction of children, attacks on schools/hospitals and not allowing humanitarian access to children.
Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labour. The International Labour Organization in 1999 adopted the Prohibition and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour including slavery, child prostitution and child pornography.