16 November 2023

Inaugural State of Children’s Address

A better future, for every child, The inaugural State of Children’s Address, held within a simulated parliamentary setting, kicked off the World Children’s Day activities in Botswana. The Chair of the National Children’s Consultative Forum, Unaludo Isaac, delivered the State of Children’s Address the theme, a better future for every child. The address was livestreamed and…, Children from various districts participating in the mock parliament, UNICEF Botswana World Children's Day mock parliament UNICEF Botswana, World Children's Day mock parliament, UNICEF Botswana Member of the Children's Consultative Forum responding from the floor UNICEF Botswana, Member of the Children's Consultative Forum responding from the floor, UNICEF Botswana Children from various districts participating in the mock parliament World Children's Day mock parliament Member of the Children's Consultative Forum responding from the floor, Spotlight on children's issues, The State of Children’s Address delved into key issues impacting children and young people’s lives. It highlighted the distressing reality of children and young people facing abuse within their homes and communities, exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gender-Based Violence claimed lives, neglect became a pervasive issue, and the absence of…, Governments responds, The State of Children’s Address drew the attention of senior government officials and key stakeholders. Following the Address, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mmamiki Kamanakao, took the floor to address the highlighted issues.  Regarding mental health, Kamanakao noted that efforts were…, Cross-sectoral approach to ensuring child rights, The State of Children’s Address attracted key stakeholders, such as the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, heads of United Nations agencies, the Permanent Secretary to the President, and the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, alongside representatives from various government ministries and non-governmental organizations.