Day of the Namibian Child has become irrelevant: Finnies

WINDHOEK: The turnout of the Commemoration of the Day of the Namibian Child on Saturday here in Windhoek was attended very poorly. The half-packed school hall of the Namibia Children’s Home in Eros showed that either the interest in the importance of such a day is fading, or that Namibians in general do not value the importance of the Namibian Child.

This years theme is ‘a Child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’

The Deputy Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies told Nampa this special day has lost it’s relevance within the Namibian society and within Government.

‘This day is not valued as it should be and as widely celebrated as I would like to see it after 24 years of Independence’ Finnies told this reporter on Saturday morning.

On the Child Care and Protection Bill CCPB) that was tabled last week in Parliament and will be debated tomorrow (Tuesday) Finnies said the children are exhilarated about the progress. Finnies added by saying he cannot imagine that there is any political party out there that does not know the importance of this Bill.

‘My concern is not the Bill being debated, but my concern is the implementation of the Bill, our Government has numerous policies, but the implementation is always been an issue, and I would like to see proper implementation of the Child Care and Protection Bill across the board’ Finnies stressed.

Finnies also called on the children that everyone must fight poverty together as Namibians are faced with this dreaded disease on a daily base. ‘ It is up to you and me to fight poverty, and to come out of this current status and we all know that education, discipline, respect and by making sure you follow the right paths are the way out of this’

Finnies also expressed his disappointment in the day, as the relevance of this day is not as it should be. ‘I am disappointed in the relevance of this day as it is still not taken as serious as it should be, so my message to the policy makers are clear, make us ( the Namibian child) feel involved, make us feel cared for, make us included in all of this during the Day of the Namibian Child’

The young Deputy Speaker also expressed his disappointment for standing in front of a school hall and not a sport stadium filled to capacity here in Windhoek and across the country with children.

Meanwhile the Chief Whip of the Children’s Parliament, Norman Ndeuyeeka who was one of the key-note speakers at the event on Saturday called on children to be more responsible towards their education. ‘We are all from different back-grounds, different families and all have different ambitions, and therefor respect is most important and we all must remain humble in our society’ he told Nampa on the sidelines of the event.

Apart from various messages from keynote speakers among the children them selves, they were entertained by various dramas, performances, and songs.

The Child Care and Protection Bill aims to address issue pertaining Children’s grants, Protective measures in respect of children, Child trafficking, Domestic adoption of children, Foster care and Custody and Guardianship on death of a person having custody or guardianship to mention a few.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The commemoration of the Day of the African Child at the Namibia Children’s Home in Windhoek on Saturday was poorly attended.

The day commemorates the rights of Namibian children, and is observed on 28 September every year. This year’s theme was ‘Child-friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’.

Speaking during the commemoration in the half-full hall at the children’s home, the Deputy Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies said the day has lost its relevance within Namibian society.

“This day is not valued as it should be and is not as widely celebrated as I would like to see it celebrated after 24 years of independence,” he said, adding that his message to the policy-makers is clear – ‘make us feel involved, make us feel cared for, do all of this during the Day of the Namibian Child’.

Speaking about the Child Care and Protection Bill (CCPB) that was tabled in Parliament last week, and which will be debated on Tuesday, Finnies said he cannot imagine that there is any political party that does not know how important this Bill is.

”My concern is not the Bill being debated, it is the Bill’s implementation. Our Government has numerous policies, but the implementation has always been an issue, and I would like to see proper implementation of the Child Care and Protection Bill across the board,” he stressed.

The Child Care and Protection Bill amongst others aims to address issues pertaining to children’s social grants, protective measures, child trafficking, the domestic adoption of children, foster care and custody and guardianship upon the death of a person who has guardianship over the child.

Finnies also called on children to help fight poverty.

“It is up to you and me to fight poverty, and to come out of this current status. We all know that education, discipline, respect and making sure you follow the right path are the way out of this,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Chief Whip of the Children’s Parliament, Norman Ndeuyeeka who was one of the keynote speakers at Saturday’s event, called on children to be more responsible when it comes to their education.

“We are all from different backgrounds, different families and all have different ambitions, and therefore respect is most important. We must also all must remain humble,” he said.

A number of speakers addressed the event, while entertainment was provided in the form of dramas, performances, and songs.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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