Jamaica: Prime Minister Andrew Holness met with Jean Gough, a director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional to discuss various ways and strategies to decrease the criminal activities against children. The meeting was held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the office of the prime minister of Jamaica.
While informing about the meeting, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness noted, “Yesterday morning, I met with Ms. Jean Gough, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director, to discuss how we can improve our children’s lives through education, justice, health, and social interventions.”
The meeting has also featured various aspects related to the important and enhancement of ten education levels for the children. It also discussed the health, justice, and social interventions related to children. All the delegations also touched on the topics of mental health of children who possess stress in small age.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness also expressed pleasure over the efforts made by the UNICEF team in order to uplift the various matters of concern and areas in Jamaica and also discussed the developmental issues marked by the small island nations.
Further, he stated that the impact of the deadly viral infection of the COVID-19 pandemic was the majority faced by the children as their education and mental health have witnessed detrotiation.
PM Holness emphasized that their meeting has also featured the impact of the global pandemic on the mental piece of children and their education in recent times.
Prime Minister Holness underlined, “I am pleased with the work of the UNICEF team here in Jamaica over the years. The impact of the pandemic and learning loss on our children’s mental health and education has become more visible in recent times. Primarily, we are observing an inability to resolve conflicts without violence.”
He also assured the country that to counter all these issues UNICEF will committed to the country and continues to partner with the Government to actively support our communities by implementing outreach projects across the island geared toward creating a safe environment for our nation’s children.