The President of Parliament, Gustavo Matos, has defended the need to “equalize the level of happiness” of all children
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 17 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The municipalities of Breña Baja, La Oliva, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, La Orotava and Tegueste have joined the network of ‘Child Friendly Cities’ of Unicef this Wednesday in an institutional act held in the Parliament of the Canary Islands.
The president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, Gustavo Matos, defended the need to use all possible means from different areas to achieve “equalize the level of happiness of children.”
After the signing of the collaboration agreements between Unicef Canarias and five new Canarian municipalities that adhere to ‘Child Friendly Cities’, the president recalled that “not all childhoods are the same”, but insisted that by adding efforts, progress can be made until achieving that happy childhood to which all boys and girls are entitled.
The Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, the Mayor of La Orotava, Francisco Linares, the Mayor of Tegueste, Ana Rosa Mena, the Councilor of Breña Baja Francisco Martín and the Councilor of La Oliva Joana Pérez.
BEST GENERATION EVER
In his speech, Gustavo Matos recalled that throughout history, the generations to come have seen themselves “in a similar way to how they see themselves today, because it is part of the condition of society to believe that their values are worse.”
The president maintained that “it is not and has not been like that” and affirmed that, in his opinion, it is “the best generation that humanity has never seen.”
“We may not understand the things they do, their hobbies or dedications, but we must understand that the world is constantly changing and that they know how to adapt much better than we do,” he said.
The president valued the commitment of the current generation of children and adolescents and opted to put it in value.
At this point, he stressed that in the commitment of the Parliament of the Canary Islands to make childhood an objective of the legislature, the commission for the study of the situation of children and adolescents in the Canary Islands has concluded its work and announced that in full monograph planned for next week the opinion will be known.
“We are facing a historic milestone, this document will help public administrations, individuals and associations to access an accurate X-ray of the situation of children in our islands,” he said.
RATIFY THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
For its part, the presidency of Unicef Canarias, Rosa Gloria Suárez, thanked Parliament for always remaining “a great ally with children and adolescents” and explained that joining ‘Child Friendly Cities’ ratifies the defense of rights of boys and girls.
“Being a Child Friendly City implies, above all, that children and adolescents are valued, respected and treated fairly, that their voices are heard, that they express their opinions and participate in local political activity, that they can access quality services “, he pointed.
Also the mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, stated that at a time when, as a consequence of COVID-19, “adolescents have been singled out above all for their alleged lack of responsibility or for a more dissipated moral reality “His opinion is that these children and adolescents are” the same ones for defending the environment, for social integration, for seeing multicultural reality with absolute normality … those are the ones that can be known when you listen to them, just you have to give them a voice. “
The mayor of La Orotava, Francisco Linares, said that this Wednesday’s act “is not just a signature, but is a challenge and a responsibility that is assumed to give a voice to future generations.”
Linares advocated “campaigning to convince the rest of the municipalities to bet on ‘Child Friendly Cities'” and also considered that Parliament is “the ideal framework” for acts like this because it is the space where it is represented. to all the citizens of the Canary Islands, also to childhood and adolescence.
The mayor of Tegueste, Ana Rosa Mena, expressed her municipality’s commitment to the children of the archipelago.
CONCERN FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE OUT OF THE SYSTEM
“Let’s drag other city councils to commit,” he said, showing special concern for children who are “outside the system.” “You have to give them a voice, vote and support; that possibility of giving them that voice that they do not have is very important and I am convinced that they will surprise us a lot,” she commented.
Francisco Martín Castañeda, councilor of Breña Baja, thanked the act this Wednesday. “Thank you for letting me dust ash to be here today for this reason,” he said, also referring to the situation that La Palma is going through due to the volcanic eruption.
“Continue to value children as a sensitive engine of this society, because we need them,” he said.
Joana Pérez, councilor of La Oliva, pointed out that the challenge “is very important” and is faced “with enthusiasm, perseverance and determination”, for which they have the “vitality” of children and adolescents.