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* Sri Lanka's expectation is to provide children with a childhood free of all burdens - President
Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 10:56 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 01, Colombo: The children are the creators of the future of the human beings and Sri Lanka expects to provide the country's children with a childhood that is free from any social, economic and political burdens, President Maithripala Sirisena said today marking the World Children's day.

He said that is why the government has declared that the education is essential for children, and is giving priority to fulfil the health, nutrition and mental requirements of the children.

The state ceremony organized by the Ministry of Women's and Child Affairs will be held at the BMICH this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Full text of President's message:

Child is the universal symbol of purity, innocence and beauty. All children, born in this world are creators of the future destiny of the humankind, irrespective of their country of origin, race or religion.

Childhood is the period of gathering knowledge. In this context, what the child is collecting throughout the childhood is the brilliance of future universe of the human beings. It is the responsibility of the adults to make space for the children who are trying to understand the wonderful patterns of the universe with open eyes of curiosity, to gather knowledge freely and experience the imagination and joy.

It is the expectation of every adult to create a more copious and perfect life than they experienced, for their children. As a country, our expectation is also to bestow the children a wonderful childhood which is free of any social, economic or political burdens.

That is why the government has declared that the education is essential for children, and is giving priority to fulfil the health, nutrition and mental requirements of the children.

It is our objective and responsibility to remove all barriers adverse to the positive growth of the children, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The World Children's Day, falls today will be an ideal occasion for the entire society to collectively pay attention towards this imperative requirement.

I congratulate on the national celebration of the World Children's Day, organized by the Ministry of Women's and Child Affairs, under the theme ‘Lead Children to Their Wonder World - Along the Path of Love and Affection' and wish all endeavours to create a beautiful world for children, a success!


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