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Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 4:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
GORDON HARRISON FILE Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison said the six children's homes that facilitated JFJ's controversial sex-ed programme breached childcare regulations and could face tough sanctions.

AN OBSTACLE course and an endurance element of the Military Advancing the Rights of Children (MARCH) 2015 run project, slated for May, are some of the many highlights that the Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) in collaboration with the Second Battalion, The Jamaica Regiment, are expecting will strengthen their message of the protection of children's rights.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, who was speaking with The Gleaner at the cocktail reception and media launch on Tuesday, indicated that the run is a great avenue to emphasise the importance of caring for the nation's children.

"We really want to bring attention to the synergies between the two agencies (OCA and Military). This really is a partnership where we are seeking to bolster the life chances, self-esteem and hope among our youngsters. We want them to understand just how invested we are in their development and promoting their rights," she declared.

"It's important that everyone come out and be a part of this. Through this effort, once you register, the cost and your association with the event will give us an even greater platform to interface with children to let them feel the interest of Jamaica," she said.

advancing discussions

The children's advocate also noted that more needs to be done to strengthen the promotion and education among Jamaicans.

"I think we have had pocketed discussions about the rights of children, but the conversation has not really come centre stage, as I think it needs to be. I am grateful for the progress that we have made, but I still think we have a very far way to go," Gordon Harrison said.

Lieutenant Colonel Rohan Johnson, Commanding Officer for the Second Battalion of The Jamaica Regiment, also noted that he is expecting a great event, adding that children's rights should be the nation's priority.

"We have always ensured that we protect the rights of all our citizens, and children's rights are no different. I see

a general attempt by the Government and the powers that be, but I think we still exist in a culture where persons think that people's rights mean adults," he continued.

"I think the location (Monea-gue, St Ann) is ideal. We have to realise that Kingston is not Jamaica. We have runs enthusiasts across the island, and I'm sure they will want to participate and I see this as a great opportunity," Johnson told The Gleaner.