GIS – 20 November, 2017: New programmes aimed at ensuring warm and loving child care settings within shelters and residential care institutions where children are nurtured, valued and protected will be implemented soon by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, made this announcement today at the launch of activities at the National Women Development Centre in Phoenix on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day 2017.
According to Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus, the Ministry is awaiting the recommendations of the technical committee set up to review the present situation to initiate necessary actions. She stated that she would be visiting these residential institutions shortly to take stock of the conditions regarding the safety and welfare of the children therein. Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus added that ideally, a child’s place should be in the family free from violence, abuse and neglect. “However,” she said, “there are children who need special protection and assistance, hence the foster care programme whose objective is to provide a safe family environment to vulnerable children.”
The Minister also recalled that 20th November is an important date as it marks the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, to which Mauritius is signatory. Speaking of Government’s commitment to protect and promote children’s rights and enable them to reach their full potential, Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus stressed that the children are our future and all stakeholders should mobilise efforts towards their welfare.
Universal Children’s Day 2017
The theme retained this year by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is ‘Zanfan, l’avenir nou pays’ (Children are the future of our country). To mark Universal Children’s Day 2017, the Ministry in collaboration with the National Children’s Council, organised a full day activity at the National Women Development Centre in Phoenix for children from various shelters and residential institutions across the island.
After a cultural programme, children were invited to participate in creativity, art and craft activities as well as sports and fun games. There were also several stands where the Police Crime Prevention Unit, the Anti Drug and Smuggling Unit, the Cyber Crime Safety Unit, the Child Development Unit and the National Children’s Council showcased their services and sensitised children on various societal issues.
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