Give children a platform and right tools in the development process, Namugala

First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Hon Catherine Namugala, MP has said children should be given a platform and the right tools in the development process. 
Speaking at the Commemoration of World Children’s Day on Monday, 19th November, 2018 at Parliament Buildings in Lusaka, Hon Namugala said the commemoration of the World Children’s Day is important in the wake of the 2030 Global Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to leave no one behind, including children.  She reiterated that children should have adequate access to quality education, skills training and empowerment which is in line with the recently launched Generation Unlimited Partnership, a global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus on Children (PCC), Mr Kapembwa Simbao, MP said Children form a significant demographic representation of the population of Zambia, standing at 8.4 million of the total population and therefore, there is need to take their welfare as a matter of urgency. He stated that the gathering was special as it depicted the participation of children in national affairs that seek, among others, to address challenges such as child, early and forced marriage, inadequate education and violence in schools, poverty and malnutrition, Poor Health, including HIV and AIDS, Child Labour, Homelessness and Child Imprisonment.  
And speaking the same event, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms Leila Pakkala, thanked the Government of the Republic of Zambia in general and the National Assembly in particular for establishing various platforms such as PCC that address numerous challenges children face and their potential in the development discourse.
Delivering welcoming remarks on behalf of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Deputy Clerk-Procedure, Ms Cecilia Sikatele said she was glad that the focus of this year’s commemoration is on the themes of education, skill training and employability which are all essential to giving children the best preparation for their future lives.
During the same event, Lillian Labo from Serenje constituency, who spoke on behalf of the rest of the children drawn from Kwacha, Lusaka Central, Mitete, Kaputa, Sesheke, Sinazongwe, Nkana, Ndola Central and Serenje constituencies, thanked the National Assembly of Zambia, UNICEF, Agents of Change, Members of Parliament and many other stakeholders for according children space to express their views in the development process.
The programme included activities such as discussions and interactions between the Members of Parliament and delegates.