The community of Saint-Martin organizes every year in November a week dedicated to children, in partnership with Sint Maarten as part of the World Day of the Rights of the Child. This year, while the hurricane IRMA prevented this annual meeting, the Solidarity and Families Pole, direction Childhood and Families - wished to mark this event with a press release recalling the rights of the child.
Defending the rights of the child is an everyday mission for administrative services and more broadly for everyone. That is why in 1996, the French Parliament decided to make 20 November the "World Day of Defense and Promotion of the Rights of the Child" (96 law 296 / 9 April 1996).
This day dedicated to children is a special moment whose aim is to raise awareness of the respect of children's rights and the many injustices that still persist. This day also highlights the international convention on the rights of the child adopted by the United Nations, 20 November 1989. It is composed of 54 articles and has been ratified by 191 countries on 193 (only the United States and Somalia have refused to engage).
Thus, the convention recalls that the child is a fragile being that must be protected. The child has rights like being protected, educated, cared for, no matter where in the world he was born. He must be able to live a child's life with all that entails rights and duties.
Some eloquent figures:
• One million poor children in the world
• 19.000 abused children
• 76.000 are at risk in a degraded family context and which threatens their educational and / or material development
• Some 240.000 children placed or supported
• 150 000 girls and boys leave the school system every year without any perspective
• 15% of children who come to college do not understand what they read ...
The Solidarity and Families Unit - Children and Families Department - of the Saint-Martin community acts daily for children in difficulty thanks to its support missions.
Maternal Infant Protection (PMI) is another free public service in the community open to pregnant women and mothers. The PMI carries out its missions within the Houses of Solidarity and Families of the community of Saint-Martin (dispensaries). His goal: to accompany you as best as possible before and after the birth of baby.
The Solidarity and Family Houses:
-Concordia: 10, Mount Carmel Street: 0590 87 93 22
-Sandy Ground: 104, Sandy Ground Road: 0590 87 07 52.
-Quartier of Orleans: 11, Coralita Street: 0590 87 37 21.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, from 8 hours to 16 hours, and Wednesday and Friday from 8 hours to 13 hours 30.