NEWS– The Rukungiri District Chief Administrative Officer Elias Byamungu has asked the sub-county community development officers and child protecting projects’ officers to effectively play their roles in order to influence the implementation of the National child policy.
Byamungu was officiating at the launch of National Child Policy 2020 at Heritage country club in southern division Rukungiri Municipality during the commencement of a two day workshop where community development officers from Rukungiri district and municipality will be equiped with knowledge concerning child protection.
The launch was organized by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and National Inter Ministerial Committee who are working together to ensure that the policy is implemented.
The National child policy was launched earlier last year by the minister of Education and sports Janet Kataaha Museveni to mobilize and empower citizens with knowledge in protection of Children rights and those of vulnerable groups.
Santrina Nahwera the Rukungiri District Vice Chairperson and the district secretary for gender hailed the Ministry of labour officials for the good work done especially looking after children and protecting their rights which have been violeted especially in this COVID-19 Lockdown period.
According to the National Children Authority Executive Director Martin Kiiza, the Policy demonstrates the commitment by the government of Uganda to ensure the wellbeing of all children in the country.
Kiiza noted that different plans, policies and strategies related to child welfare and protection are done and this policy provides frame work for addressing issues related to children’s rights.
According to him, the Policy’s vision is to focus on achieving the demonstrably better outcomes for all children by protecting their fundamental rights like health, education, development, protection and participation.
The two day workshop will equip the participants and child protection centres with enough knowledge of caring for the children under their watch.