National Child Policy great landmark to Malawi

Government of Malawi through Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has said the National Child Policy is very important in the country as it will strive to respond to the needs of the child in totality and harmonize several child related policies to enhance coordination and maximum use of resources.

Principal Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (PS) Mary Shawa made the remarks on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in a press statement.

She said the Government with support from SOS Children’s Villages Malawi has embarked on the process of developing the National Child Policy which she described as a great landmark to Malawi as a country, different child rights actors and children themselves.

“In view of the relevance of the process to the country, as a whole child and the general public, the government would like to urge all stakeholders to actively participate in the process leading to the development of the important policy which will change the way child development programmes are designed and also enable children enjoy their full rights as enshrined in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),” reads the statement in part.

Shawa said the situation on the background, where Malawi has been implementing various policies for children that resulted in the development of multiple implementation plans and that such a scenario has been posing a number of coordination challenges, duplication of efforts and underutilization of resources for effective child programming.

She said it is hoped that the National Child Policy will address a number of challenges which emanate from implementing different policies for children.

The PS said the need to harmonize child related policies in Malawi also came out in the concluding observations to the Government from the (UNCRC).

The statement said in order to further enrich the policy and to co-opt various national and global emerging issues in the child development sector, a series of consultation workshops will be held at the national and district level.

The PS said the district consultations workshops will target children, young people, parents, community and religious leaders and key district level service providers in sixteen districts.

She said the consultation will target all key stakeholders from organisations that work on child development programmes and other key ministries like Education, Health and Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in addition to senior government officials.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA