African governments must improve plight of vulnerable children

17 Jun 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on African governments to renew their commitment towards improving the plight of marginalised and vulnerable children.
This, he said, should be done by implementing policies and programmes aimed at addressing the plight of the affected children.
The Head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek, Emma Theofulus at the celebration of the Day of the African Child in the capital on Monday.
The day also coincided with the launching of the educational activities planned for the celebration of the African Union (AU)?s 50th anniversary.
The AU began as the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.
Pohamba furthermore called on teachers, parents, the community and traditional leaders, international agencies, Government bodies as well as non-governmental organisations to work together to achieve the common goal of improving the plight of marginalised and vulnerable children.
He explained that the commemoration of the Day of the African Child should serve as a reminder of the sacrifices and suffering African children had endured over the years.
At the same time, it should engender new hope that the African child will have a better future.
?It is our collective responsibility as Africans to join hands and work towards that goal,? the President noted.
According to the Head of State, the Day also presents an opportunity for people to focus on the work of all stakeholders who address issues related to the promotion of the rights of children on the continent.
On the celebration of the AU?s 50th anniversary, Pohamba assured the learners that the AU is working hard to develop the continent so that all African children can have access to education, healthcare, safe drinking water, housing, electricity and the other amenities of life.
?Here in Namibia, we have adopted Vision 2030 as our long-term development framework. The aim is to improve the living conditions of all our people, and to make Namibia a better society so that our children can have access to opportunities such as those enjoyed by their counterparts in other parts of the world, including the developed countries,? he stated.
He, therefore, called on all Africans to remain united and move forward together while promoting the values of hard work, good governance and the rule of law.
He also called on the children to demonstrate discipline and dedication in their school work, and in all that they do.