Who Celebrates the World Day?
World Day Observance in Kabarnet Division, Kenya
Kaptimbor Primary School within Kabarnet Town hosts over 300 children, many parents, religious and local leaders. Other than songs, poems and dancing, three main activities were implemented.
Activity 1: Spiritual reflection and children’s activities
Both Islamic and Christian perspectives of violence against children and the role of parents and leaders were given. Bishop Chepsat shared a number of biblical scriptures on care of children and their place in the mind of God. In the bible, God commands all to identify with the suffering and the weak, to resist the temptation to neglect or exploit the vulnerable, to promote the welfare and rights of orphans, the needy and other vulnerable members of society. God requires his people to act justly, to love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Sheikh Said reflected on the teachings of the Quran as they relate to care for orphaned and other vulnerable children and rights of children. According to the Quran, children have a right to a good name; religious and secular education; food and clothing; and a right to good health.
Activity 2: Issuing of school uniforms
A total of 46 Children from poor backgrounds earlier identified, were issued with school uniforms.
Activity 3: Launching of Ethics and Peace Clubs
The launching of Ethics and Peace Clubs involved eleven primary schools. Each school identified a patron and two pupils to lead the club. The teams were prayed for after a brief description of the Learning to Live Together; an Intercultural and Interfaith Program for Ethics Education and how it should be used.
Selected pupils (middle row) to lead Peace clubs in schools, those to receive uniforms (front row) and leaders (back row) stand to receive a spiritual blessing
Activity 4: Tree planting
The teachers, religious and local leaders each planted trees at the Kaptimbor Primary school grounds to mark the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.
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