Jamaica Gleaner / Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer As May, which is celebrated as ‘Child Month’ approaches, Dr Pauline Mullings, chairperson of the National Child Month Committee has said that the responsibility to properly raise children has seemingly shifted from parents to schools, youth clubs, churches and the state. This, she said, is unacceptable.
Mullings was speaking at yesterday’s launch of Child Month 2014, at GraceKennedy’s offices in downtown Kingston.
“The lack of parental guidance has created a generation of young people who many might describe as being too aggressive, ill-mannered, irresponsible, unruly, selfish, self-centred, rebellious, aggressive and manipulative and the list goes on,” Mullings said.
She stated that it was the intention of the National Child Month Committee to help individuals who are directly responsible for the development of children.
“To centre attention on the all-important role of parenting and the negative impact it could have on our children and by extension our nation, when we lose focus of our responsibilities,” Mullings said.
“Adults, parents and caregivers, it is high time that we rise and understand that it is our duty, our job, our assignment, our responsibility to show Jamaica’s children how much we care by taking seriously our responsibilities to mould, to shape and create a future generation who will be an asset to Jamaica, land we love” she added.
Mullings then called on all stakeholders who are responsible for the care and protection of the nation’s children, to implement programmes, workshops and seminars that would better equip parents to carry out their responsibility.
She also lauded the sponsors for their invaluable contribution towards the cause.
Don Wehby, group CEO at GraceKennedy spoke on behalf of the main sponsors of the initiative.
“We need to bring back simple values and attitudes in our country. Simple things like saying ‘good morning’, ‘how are you’ and ‘thank you’ mean a lot. Anything that embraces positive change, GraceKennedy is here to support it; support it financially and with our own hearts,” he said.
“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate all who are involved in the National Child Month Committee since its formation of 1953. I would like to thank you and wish you all the best in the future. I want to wish you a very successful Child Month,” Wehby said.
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