CANKUZO December 2nd (ABP) – The Cankuzo province, in partnership with stakeholders in the protection of the rights of the child, celebrated Tuesday, November 29, 2021, World Children’s Day. That day is coupled with the launch of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Mrs. Noeline Niyonzima, provincial director of family and social development, indicated that the children’s forum has been in place since 2017. Thanks to the administration in collaboration with non-governmental organizations working in the field of children, child protection committees operate from the village level to the provincial level, she added.
Despite all efforts, says Mrs. Niyonzima, there are cases of school dropouts, sexual harassment, children working in households. There are also children living with disabilities who do not attend school due to a lack of schools adapted to their physiological form.
As for the governor’s chief of staff, Mr. Pierre Claver Nakumuryango, the child has an important role in the life of the country. He called on the people to give themselves the objective of promoting their rights by making it happen in full development. According to Mr. Nakumuryango, he must be educated, treated, protected against anything that could compromise his life, including letting him watch films that could lead him to acts of sexual desire, forced labor and so on.
He added that the violators of the rights of the child in this case the commissionaires (who direct them to others to do forced labor) and those who hire them as servants while they are still of age of schooling, will be punished in accordance with the law.
According to Nakumuryango, all must work for the well-being of the child. He called on those working in the field of child protection to include, in their projects, workshops related to the protection of their rights.
Those ceremonies were also marked by a session of competitions where prizes composed of notebooks and others that were given to the winning children and a visit to the orphanage Notre Dame de Lourdes de Muremera, where a food aid composed of maize, beans, sugar and juice was given to that orphanage.