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Stop child abuse, rise to the occasion, says Education Officer

Stop child abuse, rise to the occasion, says Education Officer
Little Champs Educare graduates celebrate at the Albert Park Pavillion on November 23, 2017. Photo: KC Photography
November 26
11:00 2017

Cases of child abuse, incest, drugs and substance abuse and rape, cannot continue to plague our society.

This is the message by the Minis­try of Education Executive Support Unit acting principal education of­ficer Sunia Koli Marayawa. He was the chief guest during the Little Champs Educare graduation held at Albert Park on Thursday.

Mr Marayawa said it was time to rise to the occasion and join rel­evant authorities in advocacy cam­paigns against such abuses.

“We must teach and guide our kids away from people who can be very affectionate and tender hearted, yet, they have evil desires that will surprise most of us,” he said.

“Let us not forget the challenges and issues that our young children face. Let us share stories and help one another to build a wall of safety and comfort for our children.”

He advised the parents that early childhood development can help drive the transformation they hoped to achieve over the next 15 years.

“We cannot deny the importance of early childhood education in our society today,” Mr Marayawa said.

“It is our beacon of hope and our ray of light that will lift education standards to far greater heights, provided we fully support our chil­dren from an early age.”

Proud mother Roveena Shainaz was overwhelmed when her daugh­ter Janisha Naidu received the stu­dent of the year award.

“I was surprised when my daugh­ter’s name was called. I am very happy of her achievement,” she said.

“Kindergarten is very important because it is the foundation of all skills. It is important to always en­courage them.”

20 students graduated from the Little Champs Educare.

Special Awards: Student of the year: Janisha Naidu; Most Jovial Award: Nidhi Chand; Best attend­ance: Ahem Patel.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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