UAE to celebrate Emirati Children’s Day tomorrow


Dubai - The Emirati Children’s Parliament will also hold the opening session of its first legislative chapter.

By Wam

Published: Sun 14 Mar 2021, 6:35 PM

When the UAE is celebrating Emirati Children’s Day tomorrow, the country has progressed from the stage of caring for children and protecting their basic rights to the stage of empowering future generations and shaping their future.

Coinciding with the occasion, the Emirati Children’s Parliament will hold the opening session of its first legislative chapter, hosted remotely by the Federal National Council (FNC).

The parliament’s establishment reflects the country’s keenness to support children and the youth, as well as improve their political awareness, to ensure their active participation in the development process. Since the onset of the pandemic, the UAE has adopted a series of procedures aimed at protecting children from the risks posed by the spread of the virus while enabling them to enjoy all their basic rights, most notably in education and health. Under this framework, the country launched awareness campaigns for children and their families, to raise their awareness about the disease and appropriate preventive measures.

The UAE also implemented a remote learning system to help children enjoy their basic right to education in a safe environment, as well as home and drive-through healthcare programmes and telemedicine programmes. It is continuing its achievements in the area of child protection and is protecting their overall rights. In recent years, the country has issued a comprehensive system of legislations and regulations aimed at protecting children and raising their awareness about their rights.

UAE’s steps towards protection of kids’ rights

>> The UAE issued the ‘National Strategy for Motherhood and Childhood 2017-2021’ as a key reference for decision-makers in the national childhood sector.

>> Adopted the Children’s Protection Law (Wadeema) issued by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

>> The Ministry of Interior established the Higher Committee for Child Protection in 2009 and the Child Protection Centre in 2011 to report cases of assault on children.

>> The UAE chaired the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) to protect children from online exploitation.

>> The first Arab country to join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is a new recognition of the country’s successful national policies to protect children.

>> Adopted a behavioural code for students in the school community comprising several instructions that should be considered in the correction of negative behaviour.

>> The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood launched guidelines for parents to protect children against bullying in cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the Ministry of Education and the Department of Education and Knowledge – Abu Dhabi

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