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State, stakeholders partner to create child-friendly centres

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
CHILDFUND Zambia sponsorship director Chola Chifukushi says Government has partnered with various stakeholders to create child friendly centres in

most parts of the country to enable children report cases of abuse.
In an interview in Lusaka recently to commemorate the Day of an African child which falls on June 16, Mr Chifukushi said children are key in promoting child protection.
He said this year’s theme of the Day of an African Child which is accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Zambia by 2030 through child protection, is a reminder on the need to protect and allow children to speak out.
“We have been working with Government and other partners to see to it that those children who are abused are aware of where to report cases of abuse.
As Childfund, we have been carrying out community sensitisation to inform the public on how to handle cases of child abuse,’’ he said.
Mr Chifukushi said Childfund has also empowered caregivers with empowerment funds because it makes it easy for them to take care of their children.
He said the empowerment of communities is not only monetary but informative.
Mr Chifukushi said Government has been talking about the importance of empowering people because it reduces on exploitation and abuse.
He said child protection is one of their main areas of focus and that as an organisation, they will continue to champion the rights of children.
Mr Chifukushi said it was important that everyone takes up the responsibility of reporting cases of abuse.
He said church leaders, traditional leaders and influential members of the public should take it upon themselves to protect children from abuse.

 



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