SADC needs to do more for child protection: Geingob

16 Jun 2019 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Namibian President, Hage Geingob said the SADC region needs to do more for the protection of the rights of the African Child.
In a media statement observing the Day of the African Child issued by his office on Sunday, Geingob highlighted this as a day to reflect on the needs of African children and he thus encouraged member states to strive to work together to protect them in terms of the framework of the SADC Minimum Package of Services for Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth.
“Namibia has done considerable work on protecting the rights of the child, ranking in the top 10 child-friendly countries in Africa. The Namibian Constitution provides for the protection of the rights of children and the government has social protection mechanisms for orphans and vulnerable children,” he stated.
Geingob reflected on the origin of the Day of the African Child which is commemorated every year on 16 June since 1991 after thousands of black children took to the streets in Soweto, South Africa to protest the inferior Bantu Education System in 1976.
“Namibia is scaling up interventions and commits to do more to realise a brighter future for the youth and the African Child,” Geingob said.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First’.