The social action arm of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh's Rajshahi region celebrated "World Children's Day" with pomp in Mohishbathan on November 19.
Through the initiative of Caritas Life Project, the celebration carried the theme "With Children for Children, Let’s rebuild New World."
Those who attended the celebration were reminded that children's rights, education, safety and moral values should always be a priority.
Bishop Gervas Rozario, president of Caritas Bangladesh, led the guests who included Mr. Dipok Ekka, program officer (Disaster Management) of Caritas in Rajshahi region, Mr. Md. Kamruzzaman, councilor of Rajshahi City Cooperation Ward No 5, and Mr. Lucia Mardi, Program Officer (Health) of Caritas Rajshahi Region.
Mr. Ekka stressed the significance of the celebration "to know about children's rights as well as to rejoice."
"You have to listen to adults and lead a good life," he also reminded the children present.
Mr. Sukleash George Costa, regional director of Caritas Rajshahi, also reminded the children to "study well" especially during the pandemic.
He noted that during the pandemic many children, who are away from educational institutions, are losing interest in education.
Bishop Gervas Rozario, meanwhile, reminded the people that the "children are the future."
"Children need to be taught values and ethics from now on so that we can have a beautiful world in the future," said the bishop.
"Children love themselves as much as other children love their siblings. Everyone learns to respect and honor other religions, including their own, and obey their parents," he added.
"I am very happy to join this celebration. I feel that Children's Day is a day of joy for all children. I am so grateful to Caritas who arrange this program for us," said Robi Das, a child who won in a dance competition.
At least 120 children attended the celebration and were awarded prizes for various activities like song, dance, recitation of poems and rhymes, painting, storytelling, and pottery. - Nikhil Gomes / RVA News