Premier Ngirente calls for concerted efforts in tackling children problems

On 8 December 2017 at 02:25

Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente has called upon people from all levels to collaborate in seeking solutions for problems that children face and continue to undermine rights and welfare of children.

Ngirente was speaking Thursday during the opening of the 12th National Children’s Summit in Kigali.

The summit is being held under the theme ‘Positive Parenting: Foundation of the Rwanda we want’.

Premier said that whoever wishes for societal development should value children . He called on parents, teachers, leaders and Rwandan community to remember their duties on positive parenting urging them to collaborate in seeking solutions for remaining problems that children still face.

“All Rwandans, we are required to collaborate so that we find good and sustainable solutions for problems that hamper our children’s progress,” he said.

“Some of those problems include unwanted pregnancies, school dropouts, child labor and drugs. We should also remember children that do not seat for national examinations over different challenges and find ways of bringing them on board,” he said.

In 2016, 17500 girls between the ages of 16-19 carried unwanted pregnancies, dropping out from schools.

Ngirente reminded children that they are future parents of the country who have responsibilities to advance their parents’ achievements as well as implementing their own ideas.

The summit brings together 488 representatives of children from all districts and sectors of the country, representatives of children with disabilities, refugee children representatives and partner institutions working on child rights protection.

The Minister for Family and Gender Promotion, Esperance Nyirasafari urged children to continue promoting their rights calling them to participate in good parenting.

“As children, you should advise one another on avoiding bad behaviors that could result in negative effects,” she said.

AngeKarasira, the representative of children forum said that they are ready to provide their contribution in constructing the nation they want.

Children participated in the event
Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente (C), Gender and Family Promotion Minister (L) and AngeKarasira, the representative of children forum
Officials and children pose for a group photo