Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday his government will remain focused on guaranteeing that children enjoy basic rights, including the right to education, nutrition, shelter, health care and parental care.
Kenyatta said there are several provisions and programs aligned with both the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Africa Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, to which Kenya is a signatory.
“Over the years, Kenya has undertaken impressive initiatives geared towards cultivating the rights of children through development of policies, legal and institutional frameworks, and we remain committed to ensuring that these programs are fully implemented,” he said in a speech read by labor cabinet secretary Ukur Yattani during the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30).
The anniversary was marked in Nairobi alongside the World Children’s Day.
“Kenya has experienced tremendous progress to reduce infant and maternal mortality, HIV control and the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health, there are also a number of programs that have led to increased enrolment rates both in primary schools and secondary education,” he added.
The president hailed efforts by different stakeholders who have taken part in the realization of the objectives, noting that legislation had strengthened the protection of children, including children with disabilities, from harm and violence.
Maniza Zaman, UNICEF Kenya representative, called on member countries to focus on reducing the challenges of a large part of the population which continued to live under the poverty line which she said had fuelled child labor, sexual exploitation and trafficking.
“To all stakeholders and relevant bodies charged with the children’s welfare, we all have a duty to embrace a renewed commitment to ensure children who are orphans and those who face discrimination and abuse have their rights safeguarded,” she said.
Martha Koome, chairperson of the National Council on Administration of Justice Special Taskforce on Child Matters, which reviews laws, policies, structures and systems pertaining to children in the country, appealed for hastened prosecution and conviction of the culprits mentioned in the violation children’s rights to ensure timely justice. Enditem