Selected Zambian children are joining their counterparts from Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to mark this year’s sub-regional UNICEF World Children’s Day. The event, held in the coastal city of Walvis Bay, is centered around the theme “Renewing Our Promises for Children’s Rights.”
UNICEF reports that over 500 children from the four countries, with thousands more attending virtually, are engaging in discussions to share insights on creating an enabling environment for children to realize their full potential.
The distinguished guests at the event include H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of Namibia; H.E. Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of Botswana; and H.E. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe. Zambia’s President, H.E. Hakainde Hichilema, is represented by Ms. Doreen Mwamba, the Minister of Community Development and Social Services.
This high-level gathering of Heads of State aims to renew and reaffirm their commitment to regional engagements in promoting and protecting children’s rights. It builds upon previous meetings held in Kasane at the Kazungula quadripoint in Botswana in 2021 and in Lusaka, Zambia last year.
These meetings provided a platform for leaders to listen to children’s concerns, deliberate on crucial strategies, and work towards finding solutions to the challenges faced by children in their respective countries.
In Zambia, President Hichilema’s commitment to promoting children’s rights is evident through the enactment of the Children’s Code Act and the implementation of various policies. These initiatives underline the government’s dedication to creating an environment where every child can grow, learn, and thrive.
The UNICEF World Children’s Day serves as a powerful platform for children to have their voices heard, fostering a sense of empowerment and advocacy for their rights across the region. The ongoing commitment of regional leaders demonstrates a collective effort to prioritize the well-being and future of the youth in Southern Africa.