Shirley Choppy IECD Chief Executive

On this special day, International Children’s Day, we come together to celebrate the beautiful essence of childhood and the promising future that lies before our little ones.

While we can proudly say we have so many reasons to celebrate here in Seychelles, such is not the case for other children of the world.

This is why amidst our celebrations, we cannot help but acknowledge the unfortunate reality faced by many children who are not fortunate enough to enjoy this day of joy and merriment.

Inequality, war, poverty, and hunger act as daunting barriers, hindering children from realizing their full potential. It saddens us to reflect on the children of conflict-ridden countries and regions across the globe, as they are robbed of their innocence and childhood. Today, alongside our celebrations, let us unite in calling for understanding and raise our voice higher calling for peace.

We firmly believe that a peaceful environment is essential for children to thrive, grow, and develop their full potential. It is crucial to address the underlying issues that perpetuate conflict and inequality, ensuring every child has the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

At the Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD), a Category 2 Centre for ECCE under the auspices of UNESCO, we are committed to ensuring a winning start for all children in Seychelles and in the world. We firmly believe that every child deserves access to quality health, education, social services and equal opportunities. By investing in the education and well-being of our children, we are investing in a brighter future for all. We strive to be the voice of the children in the early years, advocating for their rights and facilitating their holistic development.

Alongside the International Children’s Day, we also celebrate International Men’s Day, marking a double celebration for us at IECD, a centre of Excellence. Let us use this opportunity to recognize the crucial role men play in shaping the lives of children, nurturing them with love and care.

Today, as we commemorate and cherish the joyous spirit of childhood, let us also remember the lesser fortunate ones and work towards creating a better world for them. We can break the barriers that hinder children’s overall growth. A promise that we can all fulfill together!

Happy International Children’s Day!

Shirley Choppy

CEO, Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD)/Category 2 Centre under the Auspices of UNESCO