Hs­inchu ‘Spank Out Day’ was suc­cess­ful, says mayor

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Hs­inchu City gov­ern­ment on Sun­day held an early cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Spank Out Day, ahead of the of­fi­cially des­ig­nated April 30 for the global move­ment against the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment on chil­dren.

The oc­ca­sion was cel­e­brated with a street pro­ces­sion and a car­ni­val, with more than 500 par­tic­i­pants com­ing.

Hs­inchu City Mayor Lin Chi­hchien, a fa­ther of two chil­dren, said that he hopes to make Hs­inchu an ideal place to en­joy happy child­hoods for the young.

He also pledged to tie that up with the abo­li­tion of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment from all el­e­men­tary and ju­nior high schools, and to urge par­ents to adopt love- based ways of child rear­ing.

Lin noted that the is­sue is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in Hs­inchu City, which has the high­est birthrate in Tai­wan at 13 per­cent, and that chil­dren un­der 12 make up 15.32 per­cent of the city’s pop­u­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion to a car­ni­val and street pro­ces­sion, the In­ter­na­tional Spank Out Day or­ga­niz­ers also whipped up seminars and classes for par­ents and their chil­dren to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion and avoid con­flicts in the fam­ily.

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