RMG - November 20: increase attention towards childhood

20 November 2018

(ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of the International Children's Day, being celebrated today, November 20, the voice in favor of children and minors is being raised from many parts of the vast Salesian world. "The children, even if they are still minors, are bearers of rights and duties since birth", recalls the President of "Salesiani per il Sociale - SCS / CNOS Federation", Fr Giovanni d'Andrea. From Spain, the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) echo the same call for respect and reiterate their "preferential option" for children and youth, through the slogan or manifesto: "We continue opting for childhood."

The Salesians of Italy, through the words of Fr d'Andrea, reaffirm their intention to "be guarantors of the paths of citizenship", based on the model of Don Bosco. "A path or journey that may seem obvious in our country, but that risks not being so in those places where educational poverty is greater. We renew our commitment to walk alongside young people, relying on their protagonism and on the desire to build together a better society, starting from making concrete what is established in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Adolescent."

A path that for "Salesians for the Social - SCS / CNOS Federation" translates into projects that support the educational process, projects of integration and support to thousands of young people living in situations of educational poverty.

In Spain, for the International Day, Salesians and FMA have issued the manifesto "Seguimos optando por la Infancia."

This declaration was prepared by the State Coordination of Salesian Social Platforms, the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers in Spain, the Salesian Schools, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid and the NGOs "Jóvenes y Desarrollo", "Solidaridad Don Bosco" and "Vols "- all bodies that on a daily basis live and focus their efforts towards helping thousands of boys and girls in different sectors and areas of the country.

The manifesto is articulated in eight points and asks to: go beyond the economic obligations foreseen by agreements and conventions, to really deal with the difficulties of today's children, to promote the participation of children in the process, to look for new paths to resolve their problems, to ensure their right to quality education, pay special attention to situations of risk of social exclusion, guarantee their right to play and leisure time and to develop their sense of citizenship.


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