|The All-China Women's Federation and the United Nations Children's Fund launch a program on community-based family support for early child development from 0 to 6 in Beijing on October 15, 2021. [For Women of China]|
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), launched a program in Beijing on October 15, 2021. The program was entitled "Love from the Very Beginning: Community-based Family Support for Early Child Development from 0 to 6." Cai Shumin, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, and Cynthia McCaffrey, UNICEF Representative to China, attended and addressed the ceremony.
Cai highly praised and expressed gratitude to UNICEF for its support for Chinese children's development. She said the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese Government have attached great importance to children's development. In particular, since the 18th CPC National Congress was held in 2012, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping has made a series of important statements regarding women and children's causes and the building of families, family education and family virtues, providing a fundamental principle for carrying out work related to women, children and families in the new era. The China National Program for Child Development (2021-2030), newly released by the Chinese Government, will advance the development of children's undertakings to a new step in the new era, Cai added.
Cai said the "Love from the Very Beginning" program will cover 200 communities/villages in 10 provinces or autonomous regions across China, and it will promote parenting and childcare for early child development and improve family education guidance and services in communities. She hoped relevant stakeholders will stick to the right direction of parenting and caring, enhance advocacy of child education and advance the progress of family building and children's healthy growth. She said the ACWF expects to maintain close communications with UNICEF, and will make continuous efforts to build a peaceful, safe and fair environment that better suits children's growth.
McCaffrey said good-quality care given to children at an early age will deliver lifelong benefits to children, especially in terms of education, health and welfare. She thanked the ACWF for its efforts to continue promoting its partnership with UNICEF, and for sharing its support with communities and families, spreading positive methods of child education and advancing the forming of healthier family relations. UNICEF expects to enhance cooperation with the ACWF, to ensure every child gives full play to his/her potential for development, fulfills his/her dreams and marches to a promising future, McCaffrey added.
More than 400 participants attended the ceremony. Attendees included representatives from the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China, staff from the women's federations of Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Gansu, and residential communities' workers.
(Women of China)
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