2014 Childcare Staff Day Celebration
Date November 13th, 2014 | Venue Woori Bank Headquarters, Jung-gu
Distinguished childcare staff, it is a great pleasure to be here with you today. I am the mayor of Seoul, Park Won Soon. It seems like just yesterday that I was greeting you on the last Childcare Staff Day, but it has already been a year. I am honored to join you in this meaningful occasion to congratulate and encourage those of you who are working so hard on the front lines for childcare.
First of all, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Chairman Park Nea Hak and Vice Chairman Gang Gamchang of Seoul Metropolitan Council for finding time even with their busy parliamentary schedules to be here, and to President Go Seonghee of Korea Edu-care Association, President Lee Namju of the Public Childcare Association, President Gang Myeongsuk and President Park Myeongha of the Korea Family Child Care Center Association for preparing this event today.
It has been one year since I met you, and yet you all seem to be getting younger. I guess it is because you receive the pure and refreshing energy of children while spending time with them all year round. Our children are glorious treasures. That is why the fate of our country depends on how we take care of and educate our children. Of course, our governments will have to actively invest more in childcare and education for our children. Most importantly, public childcare and environment-friendly free meal projects will have to be implemented as promised to the people. Isn’t this investing in our future?
There is a saying, “One who prepares for a year sows seeds, one who foresees a decade plants a tree, and one who foresees a century grows a person.” This sums up the concept of the plan of 100 years, which we all have to bear in mind once again. Particularly, the guests here are the ones who are putting the plan of 100 years into practice. The future of our children and our society is in the hands of every single one of you. That is why I ask you to continue to strive with pride for the best childcare we can provide.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be with you, and we will especially be striving more to give better treatment to you, who are working hard in the field. We have already started to expand the “Assistant Teacher and Childcare Assistant Support System” from public and Seoul-type childcare centers to private and family childcare centers. We are also maintaining continuous ties with the field of childcare by frequently sharing opinions through the Childcare Center Communication Committee, which consists of representatives of childcare center associations.
Seoul will keep our ears open to your voices in order to prepare policies to provide you with substantive support and assistance. Once again, childcare is a major task to grow precious human resources and the future of the country. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” We all should pay more attention and put more efforts into our children’s care.
Meeting you today again, I feel reassured. I am so happy, seeing the bright future of our society. I look forward to seeing all the great work you will do. Congratulations on this 2014 Childcare Staff Day. Thank you very much for your concern and care.