Namibia, Kenya: Children from four different countries, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, came together to commemorate World Children’s Day today, Monday, November 20, 2023. They participated in various activities and discussions with their nation’s leaders.
Reportedly, the event was hosted ahead of the sub-regional World Children’s Day main event in Namibia. Various delegations and Presidents from the four participating countries were also present at the Event. The aim of the celebration was to promote and encourage children’s rights in society.
During the Event, children had an opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions and negotiations with their presidents. The Zambia President and the Minister of Community Development and social services, Doreen Mwamba, addressed the children. He highlighted various government initiatives to ensure the well-being of children in Zambia.
The participating children stated that they should get the chance to participate in the decision-making processes of the society. They emphasised that no critical decisions affecting children should be made without the consultation of child representatives.
They also demanded several promises from their President, including:-
Gender equality and inclusion
Development of improved climate change policies
Improved access to child-friendly health services, which include access to mental health information and services
A Day before the event, the Children also participated in a March in Walvis Lay in Namibia, Kenya. They raised several slogans, such as “Nothing for us without us” and “For every child, a voice.” The children from Botswana, Namibia Zambia, and Zimbabwe participated wholeheartedly in the initiative
Reportedly, The Children’s Day 2023 celebrations aim to highlight progress being made towards the realization and promotion of the rights of children. This year, the day was held under the theme “Renewing Our Promise for Children’s Rights”.
Today, the Children’s incredible power, creativity, and imagination are celebrated. The Event was mainly focused on creating an environment where every child’s voice is heard, their rights are protected, and their dreams are supported.