On the 15th of May UNIC Canberra recognised the International Day of Families at an early childhood centre for the launch of National Families Week, an annual celebration organised by the NGO peak body, Families Australia.
UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe joined the federal Minister for Social Services, the Honourable Kevin Andrews MP and Families Australia CEO, Brian Babington for a tour of the Only About Children childcare centre and a meet and greet with children, parents and staff.
Children aged up to five years old enjoyed playing with National Families Week balloons and UN flags as the centre’s Director, Rose Young talked about the unique learning spaces.
Mr Babington recognised the work of the National Families Week Ambassadors who had promoted the campaign around the country and spoke about his own family, with three generations growing up in same suburb as the centre.
Officially launching the event, the minister spoke about the importance of families in Australian society and role of centres like Only About Children.
Mr Woodthorpe highlighted the importance of this year’s observance with 2014 marking the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family before reading the Secretary-General’s message which focused on the importance of families in international development.
“As we strive to usher in a more sustainable future, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, shape a new development agenda and combat climate change, let us mobilize the world’s families,” read Mr Woodthorpe.