Child caregivers from Central, Copperbelt, Northwestern, and Luapula provinces in Zambia have successfully completed a comprehensive training program focused on child safeguarding. The initiative aims to address potential gaps in the protection and promotion of children’s rights.
The Director for Child at the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Ms. Beatrice Muyambango, inaugurated the Child Safeguarding Training of Trainers workshop in Chilanga district.
During the opening, she underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Zambia.
Ms. Muyambango highlighted the government’s commitment through actions such as the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the enactment of the Children’s Code Act No. 12 of 2022, and the development of various child protection policies and frameworks.
The training represents a significant step in implementing Child Safeguarding, as outlined in the Children’s Code Act and the Child Safeguarding Framework.
These legal and policy instruments are designed to safeguard children in all environments, fostering conditions for their survival, growth, and realization of their full potential.
Government aims to establish a culture of safety, trust, and respect for children, ensuring they can grow and thrive in secure environments free from harm, abuse, and exploitation, according to Ms. Muyambango.
She reminded the trainees that as ambassadors of Child Safeguarding, they play a crucial role in implementing programs centered on child protection.
Ms. Muyambango encouraged the trainees to bring innovation and dedication to their roles, emphasizing the importance of their contribution to creating a safer and more protective environment for the nation’s children.
The training equips them with the necessary skills to actively participate in the realization of Zambia’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its children.