Commemorating Children Day in Indonesia, Puspayoga Said Protect Children from Covid-19 and violence

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JAKARTA, CILACAP.INFO – The Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry observed National Children Day (HAN), celebrated every July 23, with this year theme: “Children are Protected, Indonesia is Advancing” and bearing tagline “Indonesian Children are Happy at Home.”

HAN 2020 was commemorated amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has compelled children to stay indoors and study from home, as their schools have remained shut since March 2020 following government’s announcement of country first confirmed cases.

A total of 329 representatives from 34 provinces, 69 representatives of Children Forum, and 44 performers at Happy Concert at Home took part in celebration held via Zoom application.

Women Empowerment and Child Protection Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati Puspayoga, who led virtual celebrations, pointed to COVID-19 pandemic having restricted everyone activities, though it had failed to dampen Indonesian children’s enthusiasm to commemorate HAN 2020.

“Today is your day. Today, all Indonesian children must feel a sense of joy and happiness, although a pandemic is sweeping across world,” Puspayoga told Indonesian children.

The minister, however, pointed out that several problems encumbering Indonesian children in wake of COVID-19 pandemic range from parenting issues presented on account of either they or their parents having contracted virus to a reduction in learning and playing times owing to being homebound.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari P. Batubara organized a similar celebratory event with some eight thousand children from all Indonesian provinces in a function called “One Day for Children” held via videoconferencing on July 23.

“Keep away from cigarettes, pornography, and bad associations, such as biker gangs,” minister told children.

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