Govt Lays Foundation For Child Protection

Child Protection Committee

A 26-member commission has been installed and tasked with setting up mechanisms to ensure the rights of children are fully respected

Activities leading up to the commemoration of the Day of the African Child were launched last week in Yaounde by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The day which comes up on June 16 will be celebrated under the theme “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate the implementation of agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.

However, Cameroon has adopted the theme “Protect every child from violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse: a priority for the Cameroonian government”.

This falls in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2040 for children which aspire for a strong continent where children can thrive.

Thus launching activities last June 1 in Yaounde, presided over by the Secretary General at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Beryl Ikombe Panje, a 26-member child protection team was set up and installed.

The team made up of members from the media as well as various ministries will work closely with schools, councils and other stakeholders to ensure the rights of children are respected.

As part of commemorations of the International Day of the African Child, with the children’s parliament set to hold under the theme “Fight against juvenile violence: children are mobilising”.

Other activities that will mark commemorations include the holding of meetings with parliamentarians and other stakeholders. Discussions will equally hold on the impact of the COVID-19 on children, as well as other issues like child marriage, drug abuse, female genital mutilation etc…

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