Child Rights Ambassadors
CHILD RIGHTS AMBASSADORS AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING WORK
Port-of-Spain: The Honourable Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with the responsibility of Gender and Child Affairs, presented prizes and awards to nine (9) Child Rights Ambassadors at a ceremony held on February 26th, 2021 at the OPM’s St. Clair Office. The rights of the child is enunciated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child and enacted in our legislation.
The 4th Annual Child Rights Ambassadors Programme commenced in October 2020. Seventy-two (72) young leaders were trained on their rights and responsibilities. The group included children with disabilities and children from community residences. Participants were required to create videos and posters using the information shared in the training session. The top submissions were posted on the OPM’s social media platforms which have received record breaking views, likes, shares and comments reaching over 100,000 persons across Trinidad and Tobago. All videos and posters can be found on Facebook and Instagram @ChildRightsAmb. Trinidad and Tobago now has 218 Child Rights Ambassadors in 96 primary and secondary schools.
Minister Webster-Roy in her address to awardees congratulated all participants for heeding the call to become Child Rights Ambassadors. The Minister also presented an award to Ms. Priyanka Lalla (Child Rights Ambassador), congratulating Ms Lalla on her appointment as the first UNICEF Youth Advocate from the Eastern Caribbean and for her continued advocacy work in the area of child and youth development. The Minister outlined the key role of the Ambassadors in the implementation of the National Child Policy. This will allow their views to be incorporated in the full implementation of the Policy.
The ceremony was preceded by an executive meeting with the Minister, Permanent Secretary and the Coordinator, Child Development at the Office of the Prime Minister specific to current issues impacting child development in Trinidad and Tobago.
To keep updated on the Ambassadors’ journey and to view all the videos and posters submitted, please visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts @ChildRightAmb. Please visit the website devoted to children at the ChildZone: http://opm-gca.gov.tt/Child/ChildZone .
Government remains committed to supporting children as they promote and protect their rights.
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