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National Steering Committee prepares for UNCRC 30th anniversary

Nov 19, 2019, 12:33 PM | Article By: Kaddy Cham

As part of activities marking the 30th anniversary commemoration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), members of the National Steering Committee have been engaging special needs on children of the UNCRC which will be held on Wednesday 20 November, at Qcity.

The committee, comprising child focused institutions like the Department of Social Welfare, ChildFund The Gambia, SOS Children’s Village The Gambia and Child Protection Alliance, is reaching out to students at GOVI and others in a bid to ensure that no child is discriminated against and that the voices of all children are heard.

At the Kanifing-based Gambia Organisation for the Visually Impaired (GOVI), members of the Voice of the Young interacted with the students, reminding them about their right to education, participation in issues affecting them, and their overall protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Fana Maram Gaye, Social Welfare officer at the Department of Social Welfare said there have been tremendous efforts by the government and global child protection stakeholders for the celebration of the 30 years anniversary of the UNCRC.

The government, through the Department of Social Welfare and the leading task force are collaborating to commemorate the day. “We are conducting events such as school outreach to tell children with disabilities that they matter to the society and to give them the platform to discuss what is affecting them. They are also given the opportunity to tell how they want stakeholders to address their problems and we believe that the school outreach is essential in contributing to the success of this commemoration,’’ Ms Gaye said.

She called on all child protection stakeholders to jointly celebrate the day as the UNCRC has brought about the existence of the children Act which is protecting all children in the Gambia.