Day of the African Child to be commemorated Saturday

14 Jun 2013 02:30
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) ? The Day of the African Child is being celebrated at a time when Namibia is striving to increase political commitment to the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
This was the view of the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa in Parliament on Wednesday.
The Day of the African Child is observed annually on 16 June.
The minister said Namibia is also striving to reinforce action which would see the implementation of the United Nations? Convention on the Rights of the Child and the National Agenda for Children accelerated.
?Namibia is joining the rest of the African continent in commemorating the Day of the African Child under the theme ?Preventing All Forms of Harmful Traditional Practice against Children: Our Collective Responsibility?,? she noted.
The minister announced that this year, the day will be commemorated with an event at the After-School Centre in Grysblok in Windhoek?s Katutura residential area on Saturday morning.
First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba is set to be the main speaker at this event.
The commemoration will focus on harmful traditional practices which children are subjected to, particularly those which result in them being deprived of their basic rights.
?I hope the commemoration of this day will provide an opportunity for policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders to share good practices, and to adopt integrated approaches to preventing and responding to harmful traditional practices against children, and be reminded of the need to improve the welfare of children in all other aspects of their lives,? she stated.
The event is being organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, in partnership with the Office of the First Lady, the United Nations Children?s Fund (Unicef) and the Finnish Embassy in Namibia.