Monday, 9 November 2009

Children’s Commissioner for Wales to open Wythnos Ni

Giving children the best start in life, this will be the message of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales during the opening conference of Gwynedd’s children and young people’s week, ‘Wythnos Ni’.

Keith Towler will address the Children and Young People’s Partnership’s annual conference on the 16th of November in Porthmadog as part of the week-long Wythnos Ni festival which celebrates the successes of the county’s youngsters.

The aim of the conference and Wythnos Ni is to put the welfare of children at the top of the agenda, as well as recognise the work of individuals and organisations who ensure young people get the best start possible to life.

Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales said:

“This is a special week for children and young people as it’s the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and also Universal Children’s Day on 20 November. I’m delighted that Gwynedd has decided to host a week-long festival celebrating the achievements and contribution of children and young people and I’m looking forward to joining them to kick-start the festivities.”

Iwan Trefor Jones, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Partnership added: “I’m delighted that the Children’s Commissioner has chosen to be here with us at the conference and to contribute to Wythnos Ni. This is an important opportunity to celebrate Gwynedd’s young people and to promote the excellent work done on their behalf by professionals in the field.

“Over 50 organisations will take part this week, today is a chance for us all to share information and learn more about the work being done with children.”

Special guests from S4C’s Cyw programmes for young children will close the day’s activities. Toddlers and nursery children from all over the county have been invited to a show with Cyw’s Rachel and characters from the brand new children’s series Cei Bach. Well known singer, Meinir Gwilym will also take to the stage to entertain the children in a show about road safety with Gwynedd’s road safety cat ‘Carys Ofalus’


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