Police in Gatsibo District has called upon all players in protection and promotion of the rights of children to work as a team and partner with security organs to ensure that the rights of minors are protected and observed.
Superintendent of police. Eric Kabera, the District Police Commander made the call on August 11 in a meeting that brought together different role players including Plan Rwanda, Home and Hope Children, National Council for Children, AVSI Foundation and Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) Rwanda, among others
The DPC observed that although there are many organizations in the district charged with supporting and protecting the rights of children, they still work in isolation, which leaves gaps.
“We all have the same goal of fighting violence against children but our efforts are divided on an individual basis; we should work as a team and that way, we will give tangible results,” Supt. Kabera said.
He urged them to work together and go down to the grassroots level and sensitize the people on the rights of children including education, health, civil registration and right to a name.
“It is so unfortunate that we still see cases of corporal punishment, school dropout, early marriages and child labour where some parents are using their children in agricultural activities like rice while others boys are cattle keepers. We need to work together to combat this,” he noted.
Mary Kantengwa, the vice mayor in charge of social affairs noted that such meetings are important for all parties to recommit and review the implementation of their programmes jointly.
She urged them to work together and partner with police in protecting the rights of children and ensure that offenders face justice.