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Friday, November 10, 2006

Teenager presents key-note address on world children's day in Solomon Islands

A 13 year old boy who presented a keynote address on behalf of children in the International Children's Day marked in Solomon Islands has asked parents, elders in the community and the government to protect children from abuse.

Florence Young student Joel Fangalasu says children are the future of Solomon Islands and need positive examples all the time.

He says parents should not abuse them or engage in bad examples.

"By showing bad examples such as parents drinking because children can follow them and end up dead... chiefs and elders should always set good examples and uphold healthy social behaviour - these are ways of protecting children."

Young Fangalasu says the government can also support by developing policies that encourage children to live in positive environments.

He told SIBC news in an interview that the government can do this by ensuring the people adhere to the convention on the rights of the child, provide a good education system and tools students need in schools.

Source: SIBC

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