Decrying recent incidences of violence and other abuses against children, Custos Perrin said Jamaica must return to a time when child rearing was a community responsibility.
He noted that the practice worked in the past and should be revisited in order to save the nation’s children and ultimately, the future.
“Children are our future! If the children are not our future, what is? Who is? As we have seen and as we have heard, children are becoming an endangered species,” he said.
Custos Perrin was speaking yesterday (April 30), at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and Westmoreland-based cable provider, Cabletron Network Systems Limited, for the airing of Ananda Alerts on the local cable channel.
The signing took place at the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) in Savanna-la-Mar.
Ananda Alert is a nationwide system for the safe and speedy recovery of missing children. Within a few minutes of a child being missing, a blast goes out to all the television stations, and the OCR filters the information to its various partners and other stakeholders.
Thirty residents of the parish have volunteered to be trained in search and rescue operations to assist the OCR and the police in recovering missing children.
The training, being conducted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, (JCF)) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), got underway yesterday.
Custos Perrin commended the volunteers, who are the first batch to be trained in the parish under the Ananda Alert programme.
“The step you have taken…says among other things, that the spirit of volunteerism is still alive and well in Jamaica and in our parish. You are not taking on this mantle because you expect any monetary reward. You are doing it out of love and care and interest for the little ones who form the future of the nation,” he said.