By Victor Osae IHIDERO
As part of activities put together to mark the “World Children’s Day”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday organized an innovative-games fest for 200 children across four schools in Kaduna.
The funfair took place at Fifth Chuckker Polo Club where the children were taught the importance of hand-wash and sanitation and were later taken for horse rides.
Emphasizing the importance of the day, UNICEF’s External Relation Officer in Kaduna, Malam Rabiu Musa, said shortly after the events that the essence was to make the children have a sense of belonging.
Musa said that the 2017 World Children’s Day which was themed “Take Over”, was organised in the state in partnership with Fifth Chukker.
He explained that Nov. 20 was set aside by the United Nations for children all over the world; to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.
He described the day as a special day set aside for children; to empower and give them an opportunity to understand what life is all about, to support them to grow, and to facilitate them to discover their full potentials.
“The day gives children the opportunity to take over positions of authority; for them to have a feel of what means to be responsible and dream of what they want to become in future.
“Children across the country would tomorrow take over key administrative or political positions in the states.
“The innovative games is one of the ways of modelling children or a counselling package design to put them in shape to thrive, to becoming what they want to be.
“Already, some media organisations in the state have handed over the entire management and programmes to children for them to dream, dare and to have fun.
Earlier, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene specialist, UNICEF Kaduna, Mrs Theresa Pamma, educated the children on the need to inculcate good sanitation and hygiene habits.
Pamma said that emphasis on effective hand washing among children was necessary, describing it as the single act that can prevent the spread of excreter related diseases.
“It is good, therefore, to inculcate effective hand washing and sanitation habit in our children to protect them against preventable disease, “she said.
Some of the children expressed joy over the event, describing it as a day to remember.
One of them, Munira Ibrahim, said: “I have never been this happy in my life. I got to hang out and catch fun with other children from different schools and different background.
“I want to commend UNICEF and Fifth Chukker for making our day special.”
Similarly, Ibrahim Mohammed, of Essence International School, Kashim Ibrahim Road Kaduna, said that he has learnt a lot about good hygiene and sanitation.
“But more importantly, I got to hangout with my friends, enjoy horse ride, dance, ate. Its been fun all the way courtesy of UNICEF,” Mohammed said.
The children were drawn from Oxford International School, Essence International School, Human Development Foundation School and Al-Ihsan Balsuma Children Home, all in Kaduna metropolis.