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Stakeholders warns against violations of children’s right

Sigor constituency Member of Parliament Peter Lochakapong has warned against violations of children’s rights and urged residents to report cases of child abuse to relevant authorities for action.

Speaking during the International Day of the African Child at Marich Primary School in the Sigor constituency area on Saturday, the MP said there have been many cases of child rights violations in the region that go unreported, hindering prosecution of perpetrators.

Sigor Constituency Member of Parliament Peter Lochakapong at Marich Primary School in Sigor constituency, West Pokot County during the International Day of the African Child on Friday June 16, 2023. Photo by Anthony Melly

The MP noted children needed protection round the clock wherever they were, either in school or at home, with special attention given to children with special needs.

“Let it be our wish that also in our schools the rights of children are protected, because if children complete their studies, they will be able to challenge the community positively,” he said.

The MP said that children in marginalized areas face challenges in terms of social and economic resources for development, unlike those in areas that are not marginalized, arguing that education is the best investment parents can put in their children to enable them to fight the challenges in the future.

‘‘Parents need to ensure their children receive a quality education and equip them with learning skills that will make them more resilient in the future,” he urged.

He said education empowers children to learn and develop the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world.

He said in sub-counties like Sigor that are marginalized, children face many challenges in accessing and attending school.

Mr. Lochakapong said the government is committed to ensuring that all school-age children attend school.

The MP said the largest share of the national budget has been set aside for the education sector and urged the money to be put to better use for the benefit of the region; otherwise, other counties making good use of the allocation will make progress in the field of education while the region lags behind.

He said in the budget, Sh4.9 billion has been set aside for a school feeding program, which will benefit pastoralists and communities by attracting their children to school and retaining them.

“School feeding programs are good because they help attract children to school,” he said.

He said he will continue to work with organizations that are advocating for the rights of children against FGM, early marriage, teenage pregnancies, substance abuse, and any other child’s best interest projects.

He calls on the government, organizations, leaders, and all other stakeholders to work together to protect the rights of all children in the county and the county at large.

Ministry of Education officer Mr. Kennedy Machacha vowed to never allow children’s rights to be violated, saying he would rather leave his job than allow children’s rights to be violated while he was in authority.

West Pokot Director of Children Services Philip Wapopa explained that the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, under Article 53, recognizes the right of every child to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, all forms of violence, inhumane treatment and punishment, and hazardous or exploitative labour.

By Anthony Melly

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