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Namibia launches agenda with special emphasis on children living with disabilities

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 5 July 2012 – This year’s Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme ‘The Rights of the Children with disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfil’. The event served as a platform to launch Namibia’s National Agenda for Children (2012-2016), a document demonstrating and articulating the country’s commitment to the rights of its children.


Fostering alternatives for orphaned or neglected children in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 22 November 2010 – “I made a promise, when I could not have more children myself, that I would look after children who don’t have mothers or fathers,” says Verity Van Wyk, sitting on the sofa in a house provided by a small charity called Ministries of Hope, where she is raising four foster-care children.


At regional workshop in Namibia, African parliamentarians vow to do more for children

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 5 November 2010 – There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.


Birth registration effort aims to protect child rights in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 28 October 2009—A novel idea for children has become a reality, now that the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has set up an office in the maternity ward at Katutura State Hospital, the main public hospital in Windhoek. This UNICEF-supported effort is designed to ensure that every child born at the hospital receives a birth certificate.


Setting minimum standards for residential child care in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 12 Aug 2009 – Treza Cooper has been living at the Namibia Children’s Home for three years. She’s a bright and dedicated student and is involved in many activities at her school. When she was asked to become the Child Representative to a group developing Minimum Standards of Residential Child Care Facilities (RCCF), she accepted the challenge.


Namibia launches pilot project for birth registration

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 31 October 2008 – Declaring that every child has a right to a name and a nationality, the Government of Namibia – in collaboration with UNICEF – has launched a pilot programme to ensure that all children born in hospital are registered at birth.


'Every child’s right': Birth registration programme launches in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 23 October 2008 – In collaboration with UNICEF, the Government of Namibia has launched a pilot programme to ensure that all children who are born in hospitals will receive a birth certificate.



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