On the sidelines of International Children's Rights Day 2023, hundreds of students from different schools in the region marched last Wednesday in the streets of Marigot.
On November 20, 1989, the United Nations unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child: the rights of every child in the world were now recognized by an international treaty, ratified by 197 States. Since then, November 20 has been declared International Children's Rights Day.
This Convention, which is the most ratified international treaty on human rights, defines a list of children's rights including the right to life, health, education and the right to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence and discrimination, and to have one's voice heard.
In Saint-Martin, in the presence of the 2nd Vice-President, Bernadette Davis, the 3rd Vice-President, Dominique Louisy and the Territorial Advisor, Bernadette Venthou-Dumaine, several subjects were discussed with the children in the Gardens of the Hôtel de la Collectivité, including the lack of safety on public roads for young cyclists/athletes, access to the canteen for all, the creation leisure parks, learning the history and culture of Saint-Martin in schools, the reconstruction of youth centers (MJC) in the districts of Sandy-Ground, Grand-Case and Quartiers d'Orléans and the reconstruction of the Media Library.
To end the day, the students planted a fruit tree in the Community Gardens, as a symbol of the development and rights of the child.
This great initiative was made possible thanks to the support of the Community, Bérénice Barbot, responsible for extracurriculars within the Caisse Territoriale des Œuvres Scolaires and her entire team, without forgetting Hélène Hanson, in charge of the BCD (Library center documentation) in the schools nursery and primary schools in Saint-Martin and the facilitators._AF
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