December 6, 2021

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Buganda queen: we must listen, protect children

Ms. Maria Nassali, the vice-chairperson of Nnabagereka Development Foundation (NDF).

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The Nnabagereka of Buganda Kingdom, Sylvia Nagginda has appealed for a renewal of values of humanness such as empathy, sense of shame, and responsibility when dealing with children.

“These are some of the many values that we need to inculcate in the minds of the community. Humanness aims at triggering a sense of responsibility among communities towards our children,” Nagginda said.

She made the remarks during the children’s dialogue organized by Child Fund Uganda in commemoration of Universal Children’s Day in Kampala on Thursday.

Her Royal Highness The Queen of Buganda who is the patron of ChildFund Uganda, was represented by Ms. Maria Nassali, the vice-chairperson of Nnabagereka Development Foundation (NDF).

She said every moment spent with children should be treated in high regard.

Parents and guardians must ensure that children are always protected at all costs.

When adults make decisions, they should put into consideration how the decisions made will affect the children.

“The Covid -19 pandemic hit us in a way we didn’t see coming and one of its worst impacts has been the closure of schools thus exposing children to lots of violence. Despite all the challenges children have gone through, they must be courageous enough to speak up so that their struggles are addressed however children must not forget to speak with respect. Children have a lot to say and we the elders must always listen.”

Moses Otai, the Country Director ChildFund Uganda, said that the mandate the organization has is to serve children and young adults and to ensure their wellbeing.

Moses also noted that as an organization they are looking forward to celebrating the Universal Children’s day and ChildFund Uganda is very delighted to be hosting these celebrations.

“Children need a healthy beginning hence putting in place programs that encourage that kind of growth. ChildFund Uganda strives to ensure that children get good education, skill & confidence building,” said Otai.

He encouraged stakeholders both National & international to come together and ensure that there’s a collective environment that enables children to explore their full potential.

“At ChildFund Uganda we believe that it’s children’s rights to be given opportunities to grow in to their true authentic selves. As children you have the potential to do great things when you decide.”

Rogers Goloba, a representative from Gender ministry said they can’t do anything for children without them, therefore involving the children in today’s dialogue has done more good.

“We still have societies that believe in harsh discipline, FGM, early marriages and this greatly affects children in many ways than we could ever imagine so we need the parents and various stakeholders to help make children’s lives better so that we have responsible and upright citizens in the future,” he noted.

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