‘Prioritise child participation in development’

CHILD rights activist Henry Kabwe has implored President Edgar Lungu to prioritise child participation at community and national levels.
Speaking in an interview, Mr Kabwe, who is also executive director for Media Network on Child Rights and Development, said prioritising child participation at all levels will ensure that people start appreciating the benefits of democracy from an early stage.
He also noted that the country recorded low voter turnout during the January 20 election because Zambians start political engagements late.
“There is need to make progressive policy and legal reforms that would allow children to be part of the decision making processes at community and national levels,” Mr Kabwe added.
He said the country needs children who are enlightened and able to feel the need to be innovative, patriotic and hardworking for Zambia to have productive and sustainable human capital.
Mr Kabwe explained that efforts to make children innovative responsibly cannot be overemphasised.
“Zambia should position itself to compete at global level with intelligent and confident minds that would make the country proud and contribute to the political, business, sports, entertainment, technology and other spheres of productive engagement,” he said.

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