Friday, 28 May 2021

Children's Day Celebration: Obiano Seeks the ways to improving children well being amidst covid19 challenges

 Ukpa Ewa | 28th May, 2021

AWKA - The Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano has called on stakeholders to seek for ways of improving children's well being and education amidst the various opportunities Covid-19 has presented.

Speaking on the theme for this year's celebration "Effect of COVID -19 on the total Wellbeing of Children, the Way Forward, he said it was time for parents and stakeholders to rethink and create opportunities for children to express themselves, study on their own,  acquire skills and build on the efforts he has made.

The Governor who was represented by Commissioner for Basic Education Professor Kate Omenugha, while commending the Ministry of Social  Welfare, Children and Women Affairs for their resilience in celebrating the children despite the challenges, maintained that COVID-19 challenges were numerous, thus parents need to provide learning gadgets for children.

Earlier in her address, the Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said the event provided a unique opportunity to deeply reflect on challenges children are faced with, reevaluate actions taken by policy makers, guardians and parents in addressing challenges faced by children in this abnormal period.

According to her, the year 2020 was a year of socioeconomic restrictions which crippled socioeconomic activities and as a result more families were thrown into poverty, hunger, frustration and as such increased violent conduct and increased domestic violence.

"From our records in the Ministry, increasing number of couple needs break from their marriages, broken homes became part of the new normal leaving attendant negative psychological effect on our children " she said.

In the midst of the crisis, Lady Ndid Meazue thanked the Governor for creating safe space for children and remaining resolute in ensuring that the adverse effect of COVID-19 was reduced on children.

In his goodwill message, the Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) Mr. Patrick Ugbaja said he was delighted to celebrate the day because children represent the future.

He said the theme for the 2021 celebration has x-rayed many challenges ranging from child abuse, child labor, deprivation, child molestation, rape among others which needed to be solved.

The Chairman of ASUBEB however advised students to be of good behavior, stop harmful social vices and shun cultism.

Speaking unbehalf of the children, the Speaker Anambra State Children's Parliament Hon. Faustina -Mary Okoye said about 1.6 billion children were restricted by COVID-19 due to new educational structure occassioned by the pandemic.

She said the pandemic has hampered economy and affected children indirectly as many live below the universal poverty level.

Hon. Okoye affirmed that young children were victims of many psychological imbalances such as anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

She however advocated for the establishment of Children's Correctional Center in the state while soliciting for provision of meals for vulnerable children to keep them in school and reduce the effect of hunger in line with existing educational structures.

The Celebration featured Award Presentation to students, Cultural Presentation From New Dawn Cultural Group, Match Past where Practicing School Awka came first and Community Primary School Okpuno came second.

Also Igwebuike Grammar School emerged overall best school, Practicing School had second position and Capital City Secondary School.

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