November 27, 2009
More emphasis needed on religious education

A senior civil servant wants to see parents place greater emphasis on the religious education of their children.{{more}}

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Mobilisation, Rosita Snagg, made the call on November 20, when her ministry joined with the Children’s Welfare Fund Committee to stage a march and rally in commemoration of Universal Children’s Day.

The procession started at the Peace Memorial Hall and ended at Victoria Park, where the rally was held.

Addressing the rally, Snagg said the children of St. Vincent are the ministry’s top priority and they are, therefore, working with other organisations to ensure that children’s rights are protected.

Snagg added that parents must ensure that their children are not only educated in the school system but also in the church system. She noted that one of their aims is to fight poverty among the children and appropriate programmes would continue to ensure all children find their place in life.

Guest speaker George Frederick noted that children need a sense of belonging, adding that since they “live what they learn”, parents and teachers must be good examples and role models.

Frederick said “we need to ensure that our children are educated” and noted that he is happy that an “education revolution” is taking place in this country.