Moijue KaiKai impressed with West Africa Network for the Protection of Children reports
The conference hall of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs on New England Ville, Freetown was yesterday March 26th 2013 the centre of attraction when a high powered delegation from the West Africa Network for the Protection of Children headed by the Network’s General Manager Oliver Geissler presented a document on the Protection of the Child Across the Sub Region was presented to the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Moijueh Kai Kai at a short but very impressive ceremony.
Addressing the gathering Oliver said the network has been in existence for the past 10 years which was primarily formed to cater for the welfare of the children in the sub region pointing out that the initiative was first started with three West African countries including Burkina Faso and Nigeria. He added that since then they have been able to hold two seminars in Senegal-Dakar.
He informed the minister that in 2010 ten ECOWAS countries came onboard including all the three Mano River Union countries since then to date an average of 2,500 children have been reintegrated with their families and relatives throughout the sub region.
Dilating further he said that the network worked directly with three categories they include Beneficiary, Professional and the system levels which according to him makes their work easier and effective.
Responding, Minister Moijueh Kai Kai said he was extremely impressed with the work of the West Africa Network for the Protection of Children and further encouraged them to be working for the interest of the children.
The Minister informed them about President Koroma’s agenda for prosperity noting that the issue of children welfare is given premium.
Each year in West Africa an increasing number of children and young migrants find themselves in precarious and dangerous situation they live their families in search of job or educational opportunities.
The sub region sees a lot of movement of people across borders, particularly by minors searching for a way out of poverty or seeking access to basic services such as education or health.
By Alhassan Spear Kamara
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