Basseterre, St. Kitts, Thursday, May 30, 2024: Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Hanley declared Child Month 2024 formally open in a national address on Thursday, May 30. The annual event, observed in June will be celebrated this year under the theme: “Embrace Inclusion: Every Child Counts”.

Elaborating on the theme minister Hanley stated

“As a parent and an educator, this theme is close to my heart. Embracing inclusivity is a fundamental building block in any harmonious society because its citizens respect and value each other, despite their differences. “Embrace Inclusion: Every Child Counts” is a clarion call for us to appreciate the diversity among children, thereby making each child feel loved, and valued. Embracing Inclusion transcends mere words. It is a commitment to guarantee that every child feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive, regardless of their socioeconomic background or abilities. It is a passionate plea to all of us to recognise the potential within each child and nurture it until it blooms into something beautiful. The Ministry of Education is committed to providing inclusive education and advocates for spaces where our children can be accepted, nurtured, and loved. Join us and help to build an inclusive society where our children truly feel that they count.”

The month of activities will commence with Zonal Family Church Services across the island of St. Kitts. Other anticipated activities for the month include Promotional Day on June 3rd, the opening of sensory rooms on June 10th, the ECD-SKCA Cricket Festival on June 20th, Soup Affair on June 21st, and the Grand Parade on June 28th.

This year’s Child Month promises to be a beacon of positive change, reminding everyone that when we include every child, we build a brighter future for all.

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