| Hakim Hayat |
ON THE occasion of World Children’s Day 2018, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in his message called for a common and unified responsibility in ensuring an optimal ecosystem for children in the country.
The international celebration is honoured every November 20 while this year marks Brunei Darussalam’s 11th year in commemorating the occasion that celebrates children and highlights their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
According to latest statistics, children groups aged between 0-14 years constitute 22 per cent of the total population of the country, which is a significant number that warrants for us to ensure our children are being nurtured in the best ecosystem, especially within the family institution, said the minister.
“This is crucial because children are the future generation and to them we put our big expectations for them to continue to bring the nation towards progress and they are the generation that will realise our Vision 2035,” the minister added, highlighting our responsibility in ensuring that the family institution is continuously maintained and strengthened to enable them to become high-calibre individuals for the country’s future.
Accordingly, he said we want our children to live in a secure and happy environment, as well as a stimulating environment for the physical, mental and spiritual development. “Alhamdulillah in this continuous effort, the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is concerned with the welfare of children in the country, evidenced by the easy access to welfare, education and recreation facilities for all children.”
At the same time, the minister relayed the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ commitment in boosting further collaboration in celebrating World Children’s Day by organising celebrations at school levels to further promote the rights of the child to students.
“Therefore, let us together harness the Whole of Nation Approach to constantly determine a safe environment for our children to guarantee their welfare,” he added, extending his wishes to all children in the country in conjunction with World Children’s Day.