Children’s day, Mattarella: “Protecting the future of humanity”

The President of the Republic: “War and poverty, too often, become the background of abuses and violence”

“Protecting childhood and adolescence means protecting the future of humanity”. So in a note, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarellaon the occasion of the International Day of the Rights of the Child. “The International Convention on the Rights of the Child has placed children at the center of a network of fundamental rights: the right to non-discrimination, respect for the best interests of the child, the right to life, to proper development , the right to be heard. Global conflicts, widespread poverty, climate change are threats to the full enjoyment of children’s rights, severely tested even by the years of the pandemic. The risk is not only the compression of fundamental rights. War and poverty, too often , become the background of abuses and violence committed against the weakest, they evoke stories of broken childhoods, of children forced to become adults without having the tools to face life”, we read.

“Today we celebrate inclusion for every child: a goal that can only be pursued if the role of education within society is recognized as an effective tool to combat poverty, exploitation and inequality. Protecting childhood and adolescence means protecting the future of humanity, means laying the foundations on which to build a community of free and responsible citizens. Every energy must be expended to guarantee all boys and girls a childhood that responds to their needs and their aspirations, offering opportunities for growth so that they can form adults, tomorrow, capable of making the world a better place for everyone, by adopting the values ​​of peaceful coexistence”, concludes the head of state.