Children’s Week 2018 has officially launched today with a number of events across the State set to make the week bigger and better – all in the name of children.
The Queensland Children’s Week Committee this year offered $15,750 in bursaries to organisations and groups to assist them in delivering activities and events during the week.
Bursary winners are celebrating events all across Queensland, from Bundaberg to Cairns, Wondunna to Canungra and plenty of events in South East Queensland so there is something for all ages to enjoy.
This year the theme is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 12 - children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
Queensland Children’s Week Committee President Stephen Alderman said it was wonderful to see so many different organisations from around the state hold events that ring true to the theme.
“Children's Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children and with the theme this year based around the right to have a say and be heard it has been fantastic to see how events are looking to achieve this,” Mr Alderman said.
“Some events will see children placing their handprints onto canvas with a response to questions around having their voice heard and how they use it, with other events involving community buddies to have conversations with kids about their views.”
State Ambassador for Children’s Week and Queensland Family and Child Commission Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon hopes the week will be celebrated by communities across Queensland.
“Children's Week runs from Friday 19 October to Sunday 28 October and while there are plenty of events to get involved in, it’s just as much fun to do some activities at home with your children, grandkids, cousins or kids in your care,” Ms Vardon said.
“The week is about hearing the voices of children and that can be done a variety of ways, it is a week to pause and really celebrate the importance of kids and the often insightful views they have.”
Junior Ambassador for Children’s Week, Rosie Sellars said the theme for this week was a particularly great topic.
“Hearing the voices of children is really important to keeping kids happy, safe and healthy and I am fortunate to work with a lot of organisations who are looking at different ways to engage kids,” Rosie said.
“This is my favourite week of the year. It is about children, for children and most importantly, celebrates children. I hope everyone enjoys Children’s Week for 2018 and really get involved in local community events or fun activities at home.”
For more on Queensland Children’s Week, events and bursary winners, visit: www.childrensweek.com.au