Plan International recently launched the child rights campaign nationwide and in the Bombali district several activities were held by child protection agencies to mark the day.
Plan International Sierra Leone in collaboration with NOKIA showcased the ‘Kids Waves’ project that is being implemented by the Sierra Leone broadcasting service SLBS. The ‘Kids Waves’ project has helped in shaping the lives of youths and young children in this community, through radio talk show aired on SLBS fm 88.0.
The activity focused mainly on the ‘Waves’ project and feedback from the community on the impact created since the implementation of the project in the district. The kids waves project according to the programme support manger Plan Mrs. Marian Moray, gives an opportunity to children to know about their rights and responsibilities using the media. The natural rights she says are God given rights that should be respected. She stated that the project has created a lot of impact, in addressing issues of concern, regarding their wellbeing.
Children are given the opportunity to display their talents and this knowledge is transferred through the airwaves to reach the general public informing and educating parents and stakeholders on issues relating to their welfare.
The programme support manager laid emphasis on the role of the Ministry of Education and other line ministries to fight things that are deterrents to the Childs development.
Deputy Director of Education Haja Ramatu Kanu noted that Plan Sierra Leone has set the pace reminding parents about observing the rights of their children. She says a child should have total love, support and protection from parents to make them happy. Government also she added has a part to play in ensuring that the laws regarding the welfare of children are adequately addressed.
The Provincial Secretary North Abdul Dumbuya under scored the importance of children saying a nation that does not encourage children who are considered the future generation that nation will drown. He says children of the 21st century are considered unique, adding that Parliament has endorsed the Child Rights Act, by stamping its approval to make sure that children are protected. He also admonished the children to be responsible and respect their parents adding that the content of the Act should be realized by parents and all stakeholders in our communities should abide by these laws.
Chief Masayeli N¼tham II of Makari Gbanti chiefdom lauded the effort of Plan Sierra Leone for the assistance provided over the years, through education, adding that their timely intervention will go a long way in realizing the needs of the various communities.
The Deputy Mayor Makeni City Council Madam Isatu Fofanah registered 100% Council¼s support to promoting the welfare of the children; she says they are represented in council meetings to know the issues affecting them that needs prompt intervention.
The programme made provision for feedback from the community to know the impact it has created within the Makeni community and beyond.