… As activists gather to push child rights
By Confidente Reporter
THE Namibian Child Rights Network, a collective of like-minded organisations and individuals, which have the best interests of the Namibian child at heart, recently held a breakfast meeting for activists.
At the event, Professor Joseph Diescho gave an inspiring motivational talk around the concept of dignity and the importance of reconsidering society’s current values. He questioned why adults have become so self-centred, while forgetting to put children first.
The aim of the meeting was to rally all children’s advocates and encourage them to join the network. “A collective voice is stronger than several individual voices,” said Dr Talavera, acting chairperson for the network. An announcement was also made about the forthcoming launch of the network’s website and social media tools. “This year, the network will celebrate the Day of the Namibian Child (on 28 September) and advocate for the passing of the regulations of the Child Care and Protection Act,” explained network trustee, Patricia Williams.
The network’s long-term plans are to advocate for the rights of children, train community-based organisations (CSOs), especially those dealing with children, and increase the volume of research work done with and for children.
It will also promote child participation and build the capacity of children and youth to advocate for themselves, and to participate in all government and non- government forums that make decisions about them and their wellbeing.
Current members of the network include LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia, the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), SOS Villages, Project Hope, the Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), Ecumenical Social Services (Ecsos) and KAYEC.
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