12th National Children’s Summit: Rwandans urged on positive parenting

Elias Hakizimana

As the 12th National Children’s Summit is taking place on December 7th, 2017 in Kigali, parents are urged to have positive parenting for the well-being of the Rwandan children into families.

The summit that will be held in the Parliament Building under the theme: “Positive Parenting: Foundation of the Rwanda we want”, is driven by the need of highlighting positive parenting as the bedrock for the well-being of the Rwandan children into families.

It also reflects parents’ responsibilities towards caring for their children and providing for their needs as well as calling child rights stakeholders to help the community raise children into productive and patriotic citizens among others.

The summit will be a great opportunity to remind parents about their responsibilities toward children and being role models for their children; revamp children’s commitment to fulfill their obligations, recall all stakeholders to make Children Forum Committees more active and sensitize children to effectively use Information Communication and Technology.

Speaking on the forthcoming summit during a press conference on December 5, 2017, Dr. Uwera Kanyamanza Claudine, the executive secretary of the National Children’s Commission (NCC) said that the key message to the parents is to cater for their children by providing them with proper education, preventing them against harms and respect their rights to be raised into families.

Dr. Uwera Kanyamanza Claudine, NCC Executive Secretary with Ted Maly, UNICEF country Representative briefing the Press about the upcoming Summit. Courtesy.

“We wish to remind Rwandan community about parents ‘responsibilities to cater for every child as of the family, everyone is responsible to show a child the right direction and together we must stand up to stop child rape and underage labour. Children must also keep positive behaviors and avoid all kinds of lures,” said Kanyamanza.

Different important activities will be conducted during the event, including a walk for Children’s Advocacy which will be held on December 7th after the main event.

Children and other participants of the summit will conduct a walk from the Parliament to “Petit stade” to advocate for a common fight against irresponsibility of parents towards their children, teenage pregnancies, child labor, school dropout and street children phenomenon among others.

Officials from NCC with UNICEF Country Representative during the Children’s Bookshop exhibition –

Since 21st until 24th November, there have been pre-summit children consultations at Cell, Sector and District. The aim of these consultations is giving all children a platform to express their views and opinions on the theme and sub-themes which become the foundational discussion points for the Summit.

The pre-summit consultation meeting at Cell level brought together all children of the Village in the Cell whereas those at sector level gathered members of the children’s forum committee of the Cell. At District level, representatives of the children’s forum committees of the sectors convened to compile the inputs from their sectors and to prepare for the artifacts, sketches, theaters containing messages related to the theme of the event.

NCC Executive secretary with UNICEF Country Representative during the Children’s Bookshop exhibition –

In addition to different officials and partners, 488 children including 416 President of children’s forum Committees at Sector level; 30 Presidents of children’s forum Committees at District level; 30 Child representing children with disabilities at District level and 12 Children representatives of children living in refugee camps will attend the 12th National Children’s Summit.

The annual National Children’s Summit is a consultative forum which brings together children’s delegates from across the country to exchange views and ideas on the issues at hand.

It was initiated in Rwanda in 2004 upon the request from children to His Excellency Paul KAGAME, the President of the Republic of Rwanda to grant to every child right to participation and to provide an opportunity for dialogue amongst children, policy makers, Government officials, civil society, development partners and all citizens in general.

Press briefing about the 12th National Children Summit (Courtesy)

 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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