The Anambra State Government says it is committed to developing policies and programmes that will enable children to thrive in a safe and secure environment.
This is to help them realize their creative and productive capacities.
Mr. Agha Mba stressed the need for parents, families and the society at large to reflect on the critical need to protect children against all forms of violence and their consequences.
He called on schools, parents and caregivers to inculcate and counsel children on the culture of love and peace.
Mr. Agha Mba said it was important to teach children how to protect themselves in the face of violence and insecurity in the society.
The Chairman further urged children to be serious with their studies and shun activities that could undermine their chances of attaining greatness in life.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, Miss Kamsi Ubah, from Akpaka Primary School Onitsha, said “Children’s Day is always a remarkable day for me because my parents take me out.”
She called on government to come to the aid of children by making education free so that the less privileged children could go to school.
For his part, Master Obinna Ibeneme, from St. Charles College Onitsha, expressed happiness on the victory of their school at the Match past.
“Children Day is a day of fun, I wish everyday will be Children’s day and am happy we are going back with this Golden cup,” Ibeneme said.
A student of Ado Girls Secondary School, Miss Favor Gideon, pleaded that government should equip public schools with up to date libraries and laboratories, for easy learning.
A teacher, Mrs. Maria Igwe, called on parents and guardians to always monitor their children’s activities while at home and ensure they read their books.
Mrs. Igwe was of the opinion that government should establish a body that would be monitoring children who were supposed to be in school but hawking on the road.
The event featured the usual match past where 55 schools participated.
In the secondary school category,
St. Charles’ College Onitsha took the first position, Dennis Memorial Grammar School was 2nd while Inland Girls’ Secondary school came 3rd.
For the Primary level, Holy Trinity Primary School took the first position, All Saints came 2nd and Akpaka Primary School emerged 3rd.
There were cultural dance presentations by various schools.