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Priyanka Lalla

The Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) yesterday announced that Priyanka Lalla, Trinidad and Tobago’s Child Rights Ambassador, has been specially selected by UNICEF to become the first UNICEF Youth Advocate from the 12 countries of the Eastern Caribbean, along with another representative from Barbados.

As a Child Rights Ambassador, Lalla educated children and adults nationally on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Over the past two years, she has also advocated for the promotion of child rights and responsibilities, environmental sustainability and the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

In this new role as a UNICEF Youth Advocate, Lalla will be supporting UNICEF’s initiatives, which include access to quality education, ending violence against children, addressing the issues of equity and inclusion and basic health care for children. The Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) said it is proud of Lalla and wishes her success as she continues to champion child rights across the globe.

In commemoration of World Children’s Day, which is being celebrated globally today, the Office of the Prime Minster, in collaboration with UNICEF, has produced a Mental Health and Wellness Workbook and U-Report Check-Up to support children through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The workbook contains tips, games, activities, referral agencies, contact numbers, and apps to help children improve their mental health and wellness. Upon completion of the U-Report check-up, one child will be randomly selected to win a laptop. To participate, the nation’s children (18 years old and under) are encouraged to do the following:

1. Message the word “join” to @UReportTandT on Facebook Messenger.

2. Complete the anonymous four question U-Report Mental Health Checkup to receive tips and access to the downloadable Mental Health & Wellness Workbook.

For more information and exciting updates on the Child Rights Ambassadors Programme, please like and follow @childrightsamb on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.