Sioka wants children protected

01 Oct 2018 08:40am
ONGWEDIVA, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said violence against children is such a serious violation of human rights that is still experienced in Namibia.
Sioka said this in a statement read on hear behalf on the occasion of the national celebration of the Day of Namibian Child held at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Friday.
She, at the same time, stressed that it is everybody’s responsibility to develop ways of keeping children safe and making sure that they are protected from all harm, abuse and exploitation.
“This would be a good point of departure in terms of leaving no child behind for Namibia’s development,” stated Sioka.
She believes children should be protected at all times, in order for them to feel safe and embark on activities that enhance the development of the country.
In the area of human capital development, Sioka said children should have access to Early Childhood Development; basic education; technical vocational education and training; high education; health and nutrition.
Sioka added that with regards to social development, children should have access to equal development opportunities, housing and sanitation, youth empowerment through sports, arts and culture.
UNICEF representative, Rachel Odede, congratulated the Namibian government for doing well in planning and budgeting for its children.
Odede noted the 2017/18 budget allocation shows that about a third of the national budget is allocated to health and education, which placed Namibia among the top 5 spenders in Africa.
“At the same time, we have seen increase coverage of child welfare grants, from 106 000 in 2009 and 369 457 in 2018,” Odede said.
The day was celebrated under the theme: “Leave No Child Behind For Namibia’s Development.”