CHILDREN’S WEEK FUN HIGHLIGHTS RIGHTS OF VICTORIAN KIDS

Thousands of Victorian children and families are getting involved in activities and events across the State to celebrate national Children’s Week, running until Sunday 1 November.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today joined families and children at Scienceworks for the Little Kids’ Day In event to celebrate by taking part in a number of interactive activities.

Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of children and young people, and highlights their right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.

This year’s theme is Children’s Rights are Human Rights to mark 25 years since Australia signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Playgroups, childcare centres, kindergartens, cultural groups, schools, libraries and councils are getting involved in big and small events in metropolitan and regional locations all over the state, including at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and ACMI.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting over 80 community groups and not-for-profit organisations across Victoria with over $70,000 in small grants to help them put on local events and festivities to celebrate this year’s Children’s Week.

The Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – giving all Victorian kids the best start in life is critical to this.

To get involved, or to find local events, go to education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos

 “We are making Victoria the Education State – we’re proud to support Children’s Week as it highlights the importance of giving every child the best start in life.”

“I’d like to encourage all Victorian families to go along to one of the events happening this week, and I wish all those putting on events a fun and successful Children’s Week.”

“This year’s events will hold a special place in helping celebrate 25 years since Australia signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – the 2015 Children’s Week message is Children’s Rights are Human Rights.”