Monday, 25 October 2021

Rod and I warmly welcome you all to Government House during Children’s Week.

The reception scheduled for the 2020 awards could not take place due to the pandemic, and I am very pleased we are here together today.

As supporters of Children’s Week, I’m sure you are aware of South Australia’s proud history as a national leader in early childhood development.

In the early 1900s, Lillian de Lissa became known around the world for her innovative approaches to early childhood development.

In 1976, South Australia was the first state or territory in the nation to require all Early Childhood Teachers to be registered.

I am proud to see there has been a long association between Children’s Week and the vice-regal role and it is my great pleasure to continue that association.

I look forward to working with the organisation to promote its goals, and to attending Children’s Week events in the community.

My career as a diplomat made me acutely aware that many children around the world do not enjoy the same rights or same access to education that Australian children do.

I commend SA Children’s Week for raising awareness of the plight of children not only here in South Australia, but around the world.

I note this year’s national theme is Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which says that “Children have the right to meet with other children and young people and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.”

There is a lot contained in that article and I hope there will be a chance to discuss it more during the week.

This year, the Children’s Week awards honour a number of inspiring children who are overcoming significant challenges in their lives, such as illness, and giving generously of their time to support others.

They also honour several adults and school communities with an exemplary commitment to serving young people.

From promoting cultural understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children;

To providing playgroup for children receiving cancer treatment;

To new and imaginative play options in early childhood centres;

It is wonderful to see outstanding work being recognised by this year’s awards.

I thank the Children’s Week Committee for its dedication and enthusiasm, each year, to organising these awards and the week long celebrations.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and will benefit generations of children to come.

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC

GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA