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Zambia committed to children’s welfare – Bota

AS THE world commemorates the 25th anniversary of the convention on children’s rights (CRC), Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Mwaba Kasese Bota said Zambia remains committed to the promotion and protection of children’s rights in national development.
In a statement made available to Femail on Monday, Dr Bota said Zambia has formulated child-friendly policies and has enacted and amended legislation to enhance efforts in the implementation of child-survival, development and protection programmes.
She however called on other member states to domesticate the convention in its totality.
“The role of civil society is critical and Zambia is working with non-governmental organisations to strengthen systems to protect and promote rights of children,”
“Zambia is also working on enacting a Children Code Bill which will domesticate the rights of the children,” Dr Bota said.
She also reiterated calls to include universal access to education at primary and secondary levels and at tertiary level in the development agenda.
She charged that Zambia has been providing universal access to primary education for all children and recent statistics show steady progress in enrolment and completion levels.
“Gender parity at primary school level has greatly improved. This is attributed to the sound policies which are focused on the expansion of school infrastructure, removal of school fees at primary education, expansion of bursaries for vulnerable children, adoption of re-entry policy for girls who fall pregnant and inclusion of human rights course in the curriculum,” she said.
And to ensure survival and development of the children, Zambia has continued to work to combat major diseases that contribute to high infant mortality such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhoea, anaemia and malnutrition.

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