Kamla: “Let us all put our nation's children first…”

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persa-Bissessar, is urging citizens in the nation to “refocus our energies, efforts and resources towards fulfilling the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a UN Convention to which this country is signatory.

In her message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the former prime minister and UNC political leader says the promotion and celebration of children’s rights will only redound towards building a better world for T&T’s children.

Garcia’s wish: “Every child receiving quality education at any school in T&T…”

Education minister, Anthony Garcia, has revealed his personal dream for the children of this country.

In a personal message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the minister says hopes to see one day that every child can receive a quality education at any school in this country.

The minister also makes an appeal for all hands on deck, to help the ministry achieve this goal.

The full text of the minister’s remarks, follow…

EU and UNICEF give tablets to migrant children today

Venezuelan migrant children received special equipment today, to ensure they can continue with their education while in this country.

UNICEF and the European Union, together with local partners Living Water Community, have been collaborating to ensure that migrant Venezuelan children have access to formal education opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago.

As part of these efforts, the EU has funded a project which provides tablets to the children to use as part of a blended online/face-to-face instruction programme.

Judge sad about signals being sent T&T children in crisis

High Court Judge Jus­tice Frank Seep­er­sad says the cri­sis fac­ing chil­dren in T&T can be ev­i­denced by the stag­ger­ing work­load seen in the new­ly-opened Chil­dren’s Di­vi­sion of the Supreme Court.

De­liv­er­ing the ser­mon at the Mara­bel­la Pres­by­ter­ian Church yes­ter­day, Seep­er­sad said a spe­cial prayer for stu­dents who will be writ­ing the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment ex­am­i­na­tions on Thurs­day. He urged par­ents to con­tin­ue to sup­port their chil­dren and en­cour­age healthy study habits.

Returning children to be made wards of the state for at least 6 months

High Court judge Justice Sharon Gibson has handed down an order making two children who are returning from Syria, wards of the court.

The children will be under the control of the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Authority has been granted a Child Assessment Order to assess the state of the children's health, development and the manner in which they have been treated. 

The assessment will entail medical, social, psychological, psychosocial, psychoeducational and psychiatric examination of the children and their parents or guardians.