The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Oman Airports, supported by the Ministry of Education, celebrated World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), on Wednesday.
To raise awareness on the importance of children’s rights some 49 children participated in a ‘take over’ event where children took over key positions and jobs across the Muscat International Airport. They included handling baggage claims, assisting passengers with check-ins and enquiries and many more.
The children showed interest in knowing more about the tasks and responsibilities of the airport staff.
Amjad al Saidi, a student from Al Harith bin Khalid School, said, “I enjoyed participating in this day as I had a closer look at the various operations and tasks handled by the airport staff that I didn’t know about and I also learnt how to ensure that safety is kept at its highest levels.
“I am looking forward to learn more about job roles at the airport that I don’t know about.”
Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed al Hosni, Oman Airport’s CEO, said, “Such days are very essential for us. I am glad that Muscat International Airport is celebrating this day. Children were guided by the officials to know what each sector at the airport does. I was joined by a student who took the position of CEO. He seemed very eager and excited. I am glad that we took this step.”
The airport staff demonstrated their support by wearing blue as part of the global commitment to the ‘Go Blue’ campaign that accompanies the World Children’s Day.
H E Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information, told Muscat Daily, “I would like to thank Muscat International Airport for collaboration with the Unicef to celebrate the World Children’s Day. Having children here and getting them to know what jobs are done at the airport is surely an interesting experience for kids. They seemed very interested and active. I appreciate this step.”
“Unicef Oman has marked the 30th anniversary of the CRC with activities throughout the year leading up to World Children’s Day on November 20 by engaging [with] children and youth, connecting with the public and advocating for a re-commitment to children’s rights. This year-long celebration has given children throughout Oman an opportunity to raise their voices and speak up as they ‘take-over’,” said Lana al Wreikat, Unicef representative to Oman.