The government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam continues to be concerned and sensitive to the welfare of children, and through a Whole-of-Nation approach, will continue to actively ensure the safety of children and protect their rights. This includes strengthening the ecosystem for protection of children and young people below the age of 18.
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports stated the matter in the message in conjunction with Universal Children's Day 2020. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin explained that towards this several initiatives have been implemented, among them:
- Providing national helplines which are platforms available for children, parents, guardians and the public to contact on matters that affect children.
- The Development of the National Framework on Child Protection, in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders concerned, who have been closely involved in examining this document, to ensure that it will be implemented effectively, before being launched.
- Establishment of a Register of Children and Young Person in Need of Protection.
- Construction of a new Welfare Home Shelter under the Welfare Housing Complex, Department of Community Development, with a 'home' concept aimed at providing a place to stay that is more comfortable for children residents placed for protection.
Thus, Yang Berhormat explained, the role played by all parties is clearly evident, in working together to provide help and support to children for their mental, emotional, physical and educational development, especially amongst vulnerable and high risk groups.
Among the initiatives implemented were:
- The 'Technology Devices' charity drive campaign by the Ministry of Education, provision of access to internet connection and educational tv to ensure underprivileged students are not left behind during online learning
- Nutritional assistance through food rations so that students will be more focused in pursuing their learning; and
- School equipment assistance for children in need, which has always been actively contributed by corporate and non-governmental organizations.
This year's World Children's Day is themed 'Reimagine a Better World'. Yang Berhormat added, this year has been very challenging for the whole world due to the outbreak of COVID-19, not excluding Brunei Darussalam, but more obviously impacting children and youths.
Source: Radio Television Brunei