CHILDREN FROM Mbaranaba community in the outskirts of Honiara are preparing well ahead for three kids’ events to be held in Honiara at the end of the month.
On Tuesday evening, the Mbaranaba child club, with the help of its community leaders and Save the Children successfully conducted its preparatory activities in the community.
These preparatory activities included singing, presentation of educational talks, displaying dramas and other activities they will be presenting come June 28th to 30th.
Mbaranaba child club is amongst nine other child clubs that will be taking part in these events.
The other clubs are Burns Creek, Mbokonavera, Tuvaruhu, Kobito, Borderline, Fulisango, Kakabona, Sun Valley, and Taraina.
The first event these child clubs will be participating in will be held at the Multi-purpose hall on June 28. During this event, tops clubs will be selected to participate in the second event, which will be held at the Art Gallery on the June 29.
From the second event, the best club will then be selected to represent Honiara children during a forum to be held at the Mendana Hotel on June 30.
High-ranking government officials and NGO heads will attend the final forum plus community and church leaders will also attend.
During that forum the winning child club will present what they had prepared.
This club will be singing songs they composed themselves, read their own speeches, play dramas and other activities.
The forum is considered important as it will be a time when leaders will get first hand information on what our children want and what issues affected their lives.
A representative of Save the Children Mr Emmanuel Maesua who is looking after Mbaranaba and Sun Valley child clubs said activities on Tuesday night are to prepare their children to be confident during their participation in the upcoming events.
The program is funded under the Save the Children child advocacy program, which mainly advocate for children’s rights to participation, survival, development and protection.
These are rights all children are entitled to under the Convention on Rights of Children (CRC), which Solomon Islands ratified in 1995.