28 Sep 2013 06:20
WINDHOEK, 28 SEP (NAMPA) The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa says there are parents who still deny children their right to education, especially children living on farms and in remote areas.
Nghidinwa made the statement in a speech delivered on her behalf by a representative from the Khomas Regional Council on Saturday, during the Day of the Namibian Child commemoration event held in the capital.
This year, the day is being commemorated under the theme Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: Our Collective Responsibility.
I have learned that some parents are denying children who are growing up on farms access to early childhood development education and timely enrolment to schools, the minister said, adding that children living on farms are equally children from this country, and should therefore be treated the same as any other child.
The minister thus called on all parents to enrol their children in schools and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in a timely manner.
She also noted that ECD caregivers in the Khomas Region will receive subsidies this year for the work they do in these centres.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is committed to providing support to ECD caregivers, Nghidinwa noted before mentioning that the 2013 ECD census is also currently underway.
We would like to see a better reflection of children in ECD centres in the region, she said.
The minister further said Namibia is striving to reinforce action and garner political commitment for the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
The ministry, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), submitted the initial and periodic reports for the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2012, she explained.
The year, Unicef supported the ministry to prepare the country report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child which will soon be submitted to the African Union (AU) Committee on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child.
The charter, which is also known as the Children's Charter, is a comprehensive instrument which sets out rights and defines universal principles and norms for the status of children.
The Day of the Namibian Child is celebrated on 28 September every year.