President Hage Geingob has appealed for inclusion of children into socio-economic development as the world commemorates World Childrens Day.
“We must continue to ensure that the interests of children are always at the center of our socio-economic development programs,” says the President highlighting that children are the future leaders of any society but emphasising that their childhood and well-being should be safeguarded and protected. Children and young people are said to be a core pillar of society, and their inclusion in every aspect of life should remain a priority. Geingob is of the view that children should be heard on many important issues affecting them. It is on this basis that this year’s theme, “Inclusion, for Every Child,” is timely Geingob says.
He adds that this year’s commemoration, just as the previous ones, and the ones to come, is a key reminder that children have equal status as citizens. Parents, caregivers, and the government exist and are instrumental in creating an inclusive environment that enables children to succeed. Geingob stressed it is the responsibility of leaders and caregivers to bring awareness to children about violence in the forms of abuse, rape, exploitation, and discrimination. And to provide an environment in which children are cared for, loved, and provided with basic services to grow to their full potential. “We should understand that every action or lack thereof affects the future of children and the Namibian House”, says Geingob.
Government continues to make great advance in the well-being of the Namibian child to give them a better
future by providing free education from primary to
secondary level including grants for orphans and vulnerable children, and school feeding schemes. In addition, the government has made significant progress in recent years in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable children in our society, especially orphans. In the same vein, the government also continues to advocate for children’s rights by outlawing corporal punishment in Namibian schools to ensure that no Namibian child stays out of school because of hunger.
Government has also provided meals to feed children from food insecure communities via the Namibia School
Feeding Programme (NSFP).
Geingob further emphasises that the country must ensure that the well-being of children is protected and that their interests include any development agenda affecting them now and in the future. The Universal
Children’s Day, also known as World Children’s Day, is observed on November 20th. In 1959 the UN General
Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day in 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
World Children’s Day is observed to promote international cooperation and awareness among children all over the world. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.