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Children’s Town youths enjoy the DAPP Child Welfare Day

The DAPP Children’s Town in Mayambanyama in Chibombo District was a centre of activity on June 15, 2012 as skills training students and pupils in the community basic school were high in spirits during the DAPP Child Welfare Day celebrations that were organized by DAPP.

DAPP organized the Child Welfare Day, a day before the Day of the African Child, to reflect on the challenges that affect children and exploring ways of addressing such challenges that include poor health, lack of educational support, neglect, etc. The day also aimed at presenting the activities carried out by the Child Welfare Programme implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health since 2010.

Over 400 pupils in the Children’s Town community school and 20 others from four nearby schools, 76 skills training students, and over 100 parents from villages surrounding Children’s Town including Chief Liteta participated in the event.

Others who attended the event included government officials from Chibombo District and from Lusaka Province and Central Province Provincial Headquarters Kabwe, members of the Child Aid projects in Chibombo and Nampundwe as well as HOPE Kabwe Project, staff and students from DAPP Mkushi College of Education, and representatives from various NGOs in Lusaka.

The school pupils, skills training students and cultural dances groups from surrounding villages spiced up the event with performances including drama, poems, dances, and quiz.

People who where there could not hold it but to laugh out their lungs as the highly energized and skilled pupils, skills training students and cultural dancers from the nearby villages took to the stage.

The visitors were shown around in the Children’s Town and also learned about the Child Welfare activities through a number of stands put up to exhibit the various activities carried out under the Child Welfare Programme. Representatives from the Child Aid, HOPE, Children’s Town, and the College of Education in Mkushi were ready to answer a lot of questions from the visitors and had brought pictures and products from their projects. The representatives included staff as well as participants in the projects.

The minister commended DAPP for its role in addressing the plight of children in Zambia. He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Chibombo District Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinand Chipindi.

“My government appreciates the role civil society organizations play in improving the lives of the children and in helping them to reach their full potential. As stated earlier, it is not just the government’s show to protect the rights of our children, especially those with special needs. Thus, I commend DAPP for its bold stance in uplifting the welfare of the Zambian child,” said Dr Katema.

The DAPP Child Welfare Day celebrations were held under the theme “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill” which was also the theme for the Day of the African Child that was commemorated on June 16, 2012.