Society must contribute for children's well-being - Minister
Contribution from the society is essential for the children's
wellbeing, Child Development and Women's Empowerment Minister Sumedha G.
January 4 has been declared as the National Day on Cruelty Against
Children. The only way of projecting children is establishing a country
with social morals and ethics, she said.
Daily News Journalist Nadira Gunatilleke receives an award
from Children Development and Women’s Empowerment Minister
Sumedha G. Jayasena for the services to the National Child
Protection Authority from 1999 to 2009. NCPA Chairman Jagath
Wellawatta and the Ministry Secretary M. Sumanadasa look on.
Picture by Saman Sri Wedage
Minister Jayasena was addressing the 10th anniversary celebration of
the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) at the BMICH on
She said it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa who established a
separate Ministry for Child Development and Women's Empowerment.
Special attention has been paid for children's wellbeing in the
Mahinda Chintanaya, she said.
Violence against children is reported from everywhere. Although
several State institutions work hard for the wellbeing of the children,
nothing can be achieved without the contribution of the society.
Arrangements have been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of
children in the North too, Minister Jayasena said.
Ministry Secretary M. Sumandasa said the Child Development and
Women's Empowerment Ministry has been carrying out several services for
There are around 15,000 pre-schools in Sri Lanka. The Ministry has
made arrangements to train preschool teachers. Save the Children granted
Rs. 250 million in 2009.
In 2008, Rs. 500 million was allocated to provide a free glass of
milk for 48,000 needy children and Rs. 600 million was allocated to
provide milk for 174,000 children in 2009, There are around 18,000
street children and arrangements have been made to ensure their
There are around 20,000 children in homes and steps will be taken to
prevent them from staying at homes for longer periods. Children in
prisons will also be looked after, he added.
NCPA Chairman Jagath Wellawatta said the dedication and contribution
of the society is a must when it comes to ensuring the safety and
wellbeing of children.
It is the responsibility of all to protect children. A dialogue on
child rights is required right now to educate people on child rights, he
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Sarath Wijesooriya, Senior
Lecturer, University of Colombo.
Jathika Lama Surekuma Kruthyabhimani awards were presented to Prof.
Harendra de Silva, Justice Shirani Thilakawardene, Dr. Hiranthi
Wijemanne, Nita Ariyaratne, Kamala Peiris, Sybil Wettasinghe, Athula
Ransirilal and W.D.E. Wijesena. Media awards were presented to Nadira
Gunatilleke, Buddhika Imbulana, Vinitha Gamage and several others.