July 23 is celebrated as National Children’s Day based on Presidential Decree No. 44 of 1984. The commemoration of National Children’s Day was initiated by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection of the Republic of Indonesia (KemenPPPA RI) as a form of respect, protection and fulfillment of the rights of children who are the nation’s next generation.
In 2023, National Children’s Day was celebrated for the 39th time with the theme “Protected Children, Advanced Indonesia”. Apart from that, there are five big issues that are used as sub-themes to commemorate the 2023 National Children’s Day, namely:
- Smart Use of Social Media Towards the Golden Generation
- Dare to Lead and Speak Up: Children of Pioneers and Whistleblowers
- Decent Parenting for Indonesian Children
- Create a Safe Environment for Children
- Stop Violence, Child Marriage and Child Labor
#DareBecauseYouCare, which means children become agents of change to voice their rights, became the collective tagline at the peak of the 39th National Children’s Day (HAN) commemoration which was held at Pancasila Square, Simpang Lima Semarang. This hybrid event was attended by more than two thousand offline participants, the majority of whom were children from the National Children’s Forum and Regional Children’s Forums from all over Indonesia, students from the city of Semarang, representatives from the children’s community and children with disabilities. Not to mention around ten thousand participants who took part online. Dozens of educational and game tenants also participated.
PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of the Martabe Gold Mine, also celebrates the National Children’s Day. PTAR’s commemoration of 2023 National Children’s Day was organized in conjunction with a series of other activities at the 49th North Sumatra Fair (PRSU). Various exciting activities were held for children, including coloring competitions specifically for kindergarten, drawing competitions specifically for elementary school grades 4-6, and storytelling.
This series of activities were held on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 14.00 until finished at the Martabe Gold Mine Booth at the 49th PRSU, PTAR invited Kak Ridho Pratama from Kampung Dongeng, a storytelling movement for Indonesian children, to take part in the storytelling event. Attractive prizes were also prepared for the competition winners.
PTAR never fails to pay attention to children in the DAV. PTAR Community Empowerment Program (PPM) aimed at both children’s health and children’s education. In the health sector, PTAR has a Stunting Child Handling Program, Posyandu Revitalization Program, and Village Entry Specialist Doctor Program. Meanwhile, in the education sector, PTAR has the Martabe Achievement Scholarship Program, Martabe Goes to School Program, Children’s Reading Garden Program, and many more.