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Vukasin Poleksic, famous Montenegrin goal keeper, promotes active fathers

© UNICEF / Momir Krivacevic / 2009
Vukasin Poleksic, famous Montenegrin goal keeper and a father, plays football with preschool children in Podgorica in order to promote active fathers

PODGORICA, October 8, 2009 – Famous Montenegrin goal keeper and member of Montenegro’s national football team Vukasin Poleksic, as well as a father of a 6-year old son, played football with preschool children at the terrains of the training camp of the Football Federation of Montenegro in Podgorica on Thursday, October 8, 2009. The aim of the event was to promote active fathers – one of the three topics of the 3-month awareness raising campaign “The Early Years-An Opportunity of a Lifetime” launched by UNICEF and Ministry of Health on August 1."I play games with my son, tell him stories, take him to the Zoo and the park." Vukasin Poleksic

“When I play football for the club abroad, I play with my son every day after 4pm when he finishes with preschool. I try to spend every free moment with him – I play games with him, tell him stories, take him to the Zoo and the park. Our every day is really fulfilled with activities that we do together.” said Mr. Poleksic on this occasion and invited Montenegro’s fathers to spend quality time with their children as much as possible. 

UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner pointed out that young children learn through play and they always have time to play. “We are delighted that Vukasin Poleksic is supporting our campaign today. Playing with children teaches them important skills about sharing, interaction and being part of a team – it is also great fun for young children to play and they learn so much through discovery and exploration.”“The early years are the most formative in a child’s life and provide a blueprint for the future. We are confident that Montenegro’s fathers will not want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime” Noala Skinner, UNICEF Montenegro Representative

UNICEF’s research from June 2009 showed that:

• 41% of mothers mainly visited the doctor alone during pregnancy
• Only 7% of fathers are present at the delivery
• 37% of breastfeeding mothers are without any help in relation to the nutrition and breastfeeding, cleaning and bathing the child
• 59% of fathers does not know how their child is fed
• Only 7% of fathers are involved in teaching a child his/her first moral principles – what is good and what is bad
• On average, Montenegrin parents read a story to and with their children only once a week
• Fathers participate less in education activities, but more often watch TV and go for walks with children

Studies show that when men play a significant and active role in their children’s lives, the children do better at school, score higher on intelligence tests and experience behavioural problems more rarely.

“The early years are the most formative in a child’s life and provide a blueprint for the future. We are confident that Montenegro’s fathers will not want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime” concluded UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner.

© UNICEF / Momir Krivacevic / 2009
Vukasin Poleksic, famous goal keeper, together with Noala Skinner, UNICEF Representative, gives out scarves of Montenegrin national football team and bedges with campaign key messages to children

 

 
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