Basseterre: St. Kitts, Wednesday June 01, 2022: Minister of Education, Hon. Vincent Byron, declared the celebration of Child Month 2022 officially open in a national address delivered on May 31. The event observed annually in June, will this year be celebrated under the theme: Recycle: Save the Earth for our Children’s Future.
Addressing the theme Minister Byron stated, “This is an ambitious and timely attempt to raise consciousness about saving the earth through deliberate acts of recycling from the youngest to the eldest. This year the Child Month celebrations spotlight our children as active partners in response to a national, regional, and global appeal to save the earth.”
Voicing the need for environmental awareness amongst citizens, Minister Byron added,
“As we adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain ever mindful of the ongoing issue of climate change and the need for increased attention and urgent action. To guarantee a sustainable future for our children, we must ramp up the initiatives to mitigate the negative outcomes of environmental degradation and pollution. We are all aware that one of the simplest ways of doing this is to challenge ourselves to engage in recycling the materials that we use.”
Expressing his gratitude to the employees in the Early Childhood Sector and highlighting the pivotal role played by the Early Childhood staff towards economic growth and development, Minister Byron elucidated
“The workers within the Early Childhood Sector provide a very critical and invaluable role in bolstering the national economy. If our early childhood centres are closed, it impacts all other sectors of society in very profound ways. Thus, as the Minister of Education, I am profoundly grateful and indebted to all workers in the early childhood sector for the yeoman service that you give daily. I must also commend the hardworking staff of the Early Childhood Development Unit (ECDU) for always championing activities that provide a hopeful and sustainable future for our young children.”
Activities to commemorate the month will be hosted in both St. Kitts and Nevis. In St. Kitts residents can participate in Zonal Sports and Fun Days; Family Church Services and a National Variety Concert. In Nevis residents will experience Street Parade; Dancing with the Stars, Prince and Princess Pageant among other events.