​Indonesia celebrates National Children’s Day: UNA Report

​Indonesia celebrates National Children's Day: UNA Report

Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – Indonesia has marked its 34th National Children’s Day, otherwise known as Hari Anak Nasional (HAN) in the country on Thursday.
This year’s Children Day is themed, “Children are Protected, Indonesia is Advancing.” Its sub-theme is “Stop Violence against Children, Make Positive Friendship with Peers, and Healthy and Happy Indonesian Children at Home.”
The Indonesian government usually holds events related to the celebration; however, activities were reduced this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Several activities celebrating HAN occurred online this year instead.

President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana urged children to adopt a disciplined approach in implementing health protocols, especially during HAN.
President Widodo and Iriana also greeted the children who partook in the 2020 HAN virtual video commemoration.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari P. Batubara celebrated HAN online in a videoconference with over 8,000 Indonesian children.
He stated that the future of the Indonesian nation lies on children who will lift the country in the next generation.
Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister, I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati Puspayoga, believes the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted everyone’s activities but failed to dampen the Indonesian children’s enthusiasm to commemorate National Children’s Day 2020.
“Today is your day. Today, all Indonesian children must feel a sense of joy and happiness,” Bintang Puspayoga stated at the virtual National Children’s Day Commemoration in Jakarta.
Several other high-profile politicians and religious figures participated in online videoconferences or released celebratory statements on the occasion.
Indonesia commemorates HAN 2020 to boost awareness, and all Indonesian components participate in ensuring that children’s rights, including the right to dignity, are appropriately fulfilled in addition to protecting children from violence, exploitation, and discrimination.
It is noteworthy that the Union of OIC News Agencies, in partnership with the Arab Council for Childhood and Development, has recently held a workshop to discuss “media interaction with the implications of child rights in light of the coronavirus crisis.
Participants tackled the health repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and the negative consequences on their mental health, development, and protection.

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