Watch: 13 organisations join forces in children’s associations network

Malta Children’s Association Network (MaltaCAN) was launched on Friday morning.

The network brings together thirteen organisations which work with children. The aim of MaltaCAN is to serve as a united voice for children and to ensure their rights are enshrined in law.

The launch of the Children’s Association Network was held in a press conference outside the Parliamentary Building in Valletta. The organisations are the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Assistance to Children in Care Association (ACICA), Birdlife Malta, Fondazzjoni Sebħ, Karl Vella Foundation, Church Schools Children’s Fund, Malta Dyslexia Association, Malta Girl Guides, MGRM, National Foster Care Association Malta (NFCAM), Right2Smile, Early Childhood Development Association Malta (ECDAM); Salesians of Don Bosco together with the Salesians Pastoral Youth Services.

President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca who is the president of Eurochild described the launch as a “historic moment” for Malta, saying that the various organisations will serve as one voice for children. She also added she believes that it will open up new possibilities for the effective implementation of children’s rights at a local level.

“As president of Eurochild, I strongly believe that MaltaCAN is a step in the right direction to ensure children will truly become valued contributors to our society,” Coleiro Preca said.

Communications officer Sharon Grillo remarked that it is good to invest in children as these will be the teachers and doctors of the future.

The network is facilitated by the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.

Video: Miguela Xuereb