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Bigirimana Rallies East Africa to Protect Children’s Rights

Pius Bigirimana

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, viagra 60mg http://celiac-disease.com/wp-includes/bookmark.php Labour and Social Development, visit this site http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-autosave-post-v1-1-endpoint.php Pius Bigirimana, price http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/comments.php has called for strong commitment of East Africa in promoting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of all children.

He said children, who are East Africa’s greatest resource, need a lot of attention to enable them have a strong beginning in life “so that we can improve our human capital which will catapult our region into Middle income era that every country in the region is aspiring to”.

Bigirimana made the remarks while officiating at the recent official closing ceremony of the 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The PS called for the establishment of National Councils/ Authorities on Children to facilitate the establishment of the East African Children’s Council.

He expressed the need to establish a regional Assembly to provide a common coordination platform that will ensure that the children do realize their potential and their rights are enjoyed.

“The region needs to harmonize its efforts in increasing allocation of resources in the National budgets to reflect the importance of building a strong human capital starting from the children i.e. making children visible in the national budgets,” said Bigirimana.

At the conference, participants resolved that Partner States put in place measures to safeguard child-focused public expenditures in times of crises, including mobilizing international collaborations.

They also rallied Development Partners and International Finance Institutions to support well-coordinated and multi-sectoral responses that prioritize and adequately meet children’s needs in all sectors, including child-sensitive social protection programmes for populations in crisis-prone areas; child-centred Disaster Risk Response and policies; food and non-food items, health and education in emergency situations.

Bigirimana reiterated the need to put in place a framework that will hold parties responsible and accountable in regard to implementation of the recommendations of the Conference.

He also urged for fast track the development of the action plan to operationalise the implementation of the launched EAC Child Policy with a well cross cutting coordination mechanism.

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