Eight judges are this week concluding their adjudication of entries submitted to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)/United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Essay and Poster competitions entitled: Child Sexual Abuse Through My Eyes: How Do I Protect Myself?

The eight are Deputy Principal of Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Patricia Saul; Senior Lecturer in the History Department of the University of the West Indies, Dr. Henderson Carter; Mission Observer of the Organisation of American States, Dr. Michael Griffith; Artist and Youth Commissioner with the Ministry of Family, Sports and Youth, Petra Haynes; Poet, artist and Field Officer with the Community Independence Secretariat, Ali Sandiford; Creative Director at Skai Multimedia, Shamkoe Pil??; Director of the Child Care Board (CCB), Joan Crawford; and Deputy Director of the CCB, Denise Nurse.????

The competition, which closed on Friday, October 26, targeted two categories of secondary school students – First to Third Formers and Fourth and Fifth Formers, while the poster competition was designed for primary school students in Classes One and Two, and Classes Three and Four.

A key aim of the two competitions was to allow children and adolescents to deepen their knowledge of child sexual abuse and understand its manifestations. Additionally, the competition sought to better equip these young individuals to protect themselves from such abuse and learn of the support services available to survivors.

The BGIS/UNICEF Essay and Poster Competitions were initiated in 2011 as the country marked the 21st anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.??The goal is to provide avenues for children and adolescents to express themselves on any ???burning’ issues which may be impacting them and to raise public awareness on the related effects.

Judging for both competitions will end this Friday, November 9, and will be followed by the prize-giving ceremony on Friday, November 23, at the United Nations House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church.


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