Workshop to launch the study on mapping and evaluation of the national child protection system in Burkina Faso
On September 16, 2013 the launch of the workshop on the study on the mapping and evaluation of the national child protection system in Burkina Faso and training members of the Technical Coordinating Committee and chairs of the thematic groups was held at the hotel Azalaï in Ouagadougou.
Chaired by Mr. Alain Zoubga, Minister of Social Action and National Solidarity, the launch ceremony was attended by Ms. Koumba Boly, Minister of National Education and Literacy, Mr. Vincent Zakané Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Security, Ms. Félicité Tchibindat, acting UNICEF Representative. NGO and association directors and traditional chiefs also attended.
Organized by the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity with the support of UNICEF, the workshop which is dedicated to the launch of the study on mapping and evaluation of the national child protection system is strengthening integrated child protection systems based on a systemic vision and long-term planning targeting all children.
This workshop, which includes training of members of the Technical Coordinating Committee representing different government sectors, NGOs and civil society, will also:
· Make available to the Government a complete descriptive and analytical description of child protection;
· Provide the Government with the elements that will allow them to put into place a child protection system and ensure better coordination;
· Provide the national policy makers with a comprehensive and shared vision of the existing components of the national system of child protection , the effectiveness and interaction of its components, and the potential entry points for strengthening the system;
· Allow the development of a medium-term program supported by the human and financial resources necessary for its implementation.
In her speech, acting UNICEF Rrepresentative Ms. Félicité Tchibindat, thanked the authorities of Burkina Faso, the technical and financial partners and members of the Working Group on Child Protection for their commitment and involvement in the study on mapping and evaluation of the system of protection of children in Burkina Faso.
She recalled both the necessity and urgency of actions and interventions for a more effective and sustainable system of protection. "It is important to promote a new approach to child protection, based on a systemic approach, targeting all children. Indeed, this protection system is expected to be built and strengthened for the benefit of all children in Burkina Faso regardless of their social class, “she affirmed.
Before concluding her remarks, Ms. Tchibindat solemnly reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment, in accordance with its mandate, to support the Government of Burkina Faso in its efforts to promote and protect the rights of children and women.
Mr. Alain Zoubga, Minister of Social Action and National Solidarity, thanked UNICEF and all the technical and financial partners and representatives of different government sectors involved in the process of the mapping and evaluation of the child protection system in Burkina Faso. For the minister, the current child protection system deserves to be revamped to bring in a new dynamic that takes into account many sectors. "We must review all the strategies so that the vision of the child protection system in Burkina Faso is systemic and holistic from now on,” he said. He reiterated the Government's commitment to supporting the study and the implementation of the results.
The workshop will end on Thursday September 19 2013.