Government committed to protect children’s rights
Lusaka, April 12, ZANIS ——– Lusaka City Council (LCC) Deputy Mayor Mulenga Sata says government is committed to ensuring that the rights of venerable children including those living and working on the streets are protected.
Mr Sata said the establishment of rehabilitation and skills training centres is an indication of government’s commitment to better the lives of vulnerable children.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Councillor Norman Nyendwa in Lusaka today at a commemoration of the International Day for Street Children organised by the Media Network on Child Right and Development and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
Mr Sata said the council believes that corporation and dialogue with key stakeholders will provide a lasting solution to the problem of street children in Zambia.
He said the council does not delight in seeing children rooming the streets and that it is committed to contributing to government’s efforts to addressing the problem.
Mr Sata stated that there is a large number of children across the country and world over who are surviving on the streets today.
He noted that there are similar issues across the world which leads to kids being on the street such as poverty, violence and family breakdown among others.
And Acting Director of the Media Network on Child Right and Development Prisca Nyoni has called on stakeholders to take keen interest in the needs of street children.
Ms Nyoni also urged the media to play an important role by writing much on street kids and their rights.
The International Day for Street Children was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children which the Leading International Network dedicated to realising the rights of street children worldwide.