Forest Ridge Academy Grade 2 student Ocean Smith was a winner in a poster contest sponsored by the Office of the Ombudsman in recognition on National Child Day on Nov. 20. The theme of the National Child Day Poster Contest was “Children Helping Children” based on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - Article 19 - The Right to Protection from Harm.
Students in Primary to Grade 7 designed posters to illustrate their understanding of theme. A total of 824 entries were received, with one entry from each grade level selected as a winner.
“We had an overwhelming response to the contest. Everyone put a lot of thought and consideration into their work," said Nova Scotia Ombudsman Dwight Bishop. "It is clear these young people have an understanding that all children have the right to protection from harm and they can help other children. I would like to commend everyone on their tremendous efforts."
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989. It spells out the basic human rights children younger than 18 are entitled to. Canada ratified the convention in 1991 and has been celebrating National Child Day since 1993.
A judges panel with representatives from the Ombudsman office and students from the NSCC Truro Campus Child and Youth Care Program chose the winners based on artistic merit, creativity, and understanding and theme communication. In addition to the grade winners, an award was presented for best class participation.