The Zambian government, under the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, has taken a significant step in mainstreaming the coordination and implementation of the Children’s Code Act. The primary goal is to safeguard and advance the rights of children throughout the nation.
Mr. Namani Moonze, the Permanent Secretary for Southern Province, emphasized the necessity of wholeheartedly embracing and supporting this law within the province and nationwide. He stressed the importance of a multi-sectoral approach to ensure the effective enforcement of the Children’s Code Act.
Speaking at the launch of the provincial community mobilization activity in Choma District, Mr. Moonze highlighted that the law’s implementation would bring about order and dispel misconceptions regarding its intent, particularly the idea that it grants excessive powers to children at the expense of their parents.
He advocated for a collective understanding and interpretation of the Children’s Code Act at all societal levels, including schools, homes, and constituencies.
The Director for Child, Ms. Beatrice Muyambango, urged both parents and children to take responsibility in alignment with the law’s provisions concerning child development and well-being.
Ms. Muyambango emphasized that children deserve love, care, and shelter, and achieving these necessities relies on the effective implementation of the Children’s Code Act, which represents a crucial milestone in realizing the country’s vision for children to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.
Furthermore, Ms. Muyambango reiterated the importance of support from various stakeholders, including state and non-state actors, such as traditional, civic, and religious leaders, in championing this critical agenda for the well-being of the nation’s children.