Government welcomes International Children's Day
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in cooperation with UNICEF on Tuesday launched celebrations to mark International Children's Day, with many schools holding activities to mark the special occasion.
Children perform a traditional dance on Tuesday to mark International Children's Day.
International Children's Day raises awareness of the rights and well-being of children around the world. The Lao government also considers the promotion and protection of children's rights to be important.
A ceremony to launch celebrations to mark the day in Vientiane was attended by Minister of Labour and Social Welfare DrKhamphengSaysompheng, UNICEF Representative to the Lao PDR MsHongweiGao, officials and some 300 children.
Children took part in activities such as singing and traditional dances, and received gifts.
Speaking at the ceremony, DrKhampheng said “International Children's Day is an important occasion for children when we think about how we can protect and also praise them.”
“This year's Children's Day is the 92nd such day to be recognised internationally and is the 25th year that Laos has celebrated the occasion,” he added.
MsHongweiGao said “We celebrate International Children's Day today because it is a very special year for the Lao PDR. It is the year that the Lao PDR serves as the rotating chair of Asean; it is the year when the Lao PDR celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and it is a year when the Lao PDR is producing a state party report on the implementation of the Convention.”
“The government of the Lao PDR is highly committed to supporting children's rights. And the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare plays a leadership role in caring for and protecting children,” she added.
“UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, remains ready to work with you and support you in ensuring that all children, particularly those vulnerable ones, have quality care and protection,” MsHongweiGao said.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 1, 2016)