Dedza District Council has pledged protection and respect of children’s rights whenever there is a natural disaster.
Assistant social welfare officer Winston Kaonda made the pledge on Saturday during commemoration of Day of the African Child at Chipalukwa Primary School ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kasumbu in the district.
He said the council realises that children are the future of this country.
“As such, they should be given the opportunity to enjoy adequate standards of living, especially during natural disasters,” he said.
Kaonda said during last rainy season, Dedza was one of the districts that experienced incessant rains that destroyed many houses and most families were forced to relocate to temporary shelters.
“This event affected children because many of their rights such as the right to survival and the right to education were not being enjoyed by the children.
“In future, we will be ready to respond effectively by providing basic needs to all people, including children,” he said.
Kasumbu Development Organisation chairperson Maria Benson hailed government and other stakeholders for providing support to people who were affected by heavy rains.
This year’s Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme Humanitarian Action in Africa; Children’s Rights First and the national event was commemorated in Rumhi. Gobally, the day is commemorated on June 16