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Kingston mayor calls for more support for children amid pandemic

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 6:17 PM
Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams (left), and Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) Youth Councillor Representative for the Springfield Division, Reajean Bennett, lay wreaths at the Secret Gardens Monument in downtown Kingston on May 2, 2021, during a ceremony in memory of the nation’s children who have died under violent/tragic circumstances – Contributed photo

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams is calling for more support and understand for children amid the difficulties being faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Williams says this year's Child Month theme 'I Soar' is apt as it offers a foundation of motivation for children and the society at large “to eventually cast off the shackles of the struggle with the burdens imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted their education, social adjustment and health, among other aspects of their lives”.

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) today held a wreath laying in memory of the nation's children who have died under violent/tragic circumstances.

In a statement today, Williams challenged the nation “ to be cognisant of this situation by providing a supportive and positive environment for our children as we need to equip them to realise their best selves – to soar!”.

“As the Chairman of the NCMC [National Child Month Committee], Dr Pauline Mullings has explained, the wider message of Child Month 2021 'I strive to overcome adversities with resilience' speaks to this challenge which means we must all step up to free our nation's children to soar, to unleash their full potential and unlock their creativity and imagination,” Williams noted.

Quoting UNICEF global statistics which point to increasing incidences of child abuse due to the pressures of children being at home, oftentimes in relatively confined spaces due to the pandemic, the Kingston mayor called for a readjustment in minds and attitudes by adults to support and understand the needs of children “to let them soar like eagles!”

“Our children need an environment that fosters love, care, friendship and appreciation, and they also require adults of conscience to be good role models, who will impact their lives in a positive way. This year's theme follows nicely from last year's theme 'unplug negativity, connect positivity' as we move towards a post-COVID-19 environment,” Williams encouraged.

“We must, therefore, use every opportunity as adults and child peers to have a positive effect on the lives of all children through our words and actions. Let us be our brother's and our sister's keeper in word and deed! Let us dig deep and wide within ourselves to help each other and guide our children and our friends positively. We are all under pressure, let us help one another to cope and to soar!” said Williams.

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