Children, the Power of Demographic: President

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono shaking hands with children in National Children's Day (Hari Anak Nasional) 2014 observance at the Sasana Kriya of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta, Wednesday (August 6, 2014). Image courtesy of @SBYudhoyono.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono shaking hands with children in National Children’s Day (Hari Anak Nasional) 2014 observance at the Sasana Kriya of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta, Wednesday (August 6, 2014). Image courtesy of @SBYudhoyono.

Translated by: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono attend the observance of National Children’s Day (Hari Anak Nasional) 2014 at the Sasana Kriya of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta, Wednesday (August 6, 2014).

The Day’s celebration, usually on July 23, is observed today under the theme “Creating a Conducive Environment for Child Protection and Development”.

President SBY, the nickname by which Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is universally known, says in his speech that the 1945 Constitution, or UUD 1945 mentions children have rights to survival, to grow and develop, and to be protected against all forms of violence, exploitation and discrimination.

The Law also sets the so-called four particular children’s rights, i.e the right to get care and parenting, children’s right to health, the right to education and recreation, and the right to protection from violence, exploitation, and discrimination.

“The rights of our children are of course the responsibility of us all”, says President SBY.

“As parents, teachers, and counselors, we need to take appropriate action to fulfill children’s constitutional rights, and it is more important to give attention, consideration, and good things our children need most”, he adds.

According to the 2010 Census, children constitute 30 percent of Indonesia population, or 82 million.

“They are our demographic strength, the power of our future. We all have a stake in making our children become Indonesia’s excellent and competitive human resources”, says President SBY.

“When our 82 million children to become men of strong character, mastering science and technology, outstanding and competitive, they will become human capital who change our nation and country into a developed country in the 21st century”, he says.***

*Sources: News 1 and News 2

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