Child Month set for May

Family life conferences, church services, media appearances and a national essay competition are among the activities planned for Child Month in May.

This year’s theme ‘Resilient Children – the Way Forward’ focuses attention on the strengths of children and young people and their needs post-Ivan, says a press release from Government Information Services.

A Child Month recognition award will also be presented to a selected member of the community who has demonstrated dedication in supporting or working with young people.

Dr. Frank McField, minister responsible for youth, is encouraging families as well as the entire community – from churches to business – to support the Child Month initiatives.

‘Having demonstrated their strength and responsibility over the past year, our children deserve this celebration of their worth and potential,’ he said.

Now in its eighth year, Child Month is organised by the Department of Children and Family Services, with a steering committee that includes representatives from a cross-section of the community.

Another agency closely involved in Child Month is the National Youth Commission Cayman Islands (NYCCI), which will host several events in May. These include a social event for youth workers, the launch of the Youth Commission’s new website and encouraging Family Night activities each Saturday.

NYCCI Director Jenny Manderson said: ‘These activities should focus on wholesome interaction such as board games and other meaningful family events or outings.’

The involvement of the public and youth agencies is encouraged during Child Month. To offer feedback, or for more information, contact Ms Jasmine Powell at 946-0024.

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