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Childrenís Advocacy Foundation About the Childrenís Advocacy Foundation
Jan 15, 2009, 17:00
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Childrenís Advocacy Foundation
About the Childrenís Advocacy Foundation

Childrenís Advocacy Foundation is a voluntary local
organization comprising of children from various schools in Sierra Leone. These children thought it wise to put their strength together in identifying their responsibilities and rights in society.

Aims and Objectives

To create awareness on the roles and responsibilities of children
To encouraging parents to send their children to school
To advocate for the sick, homeless, abandoned, disabled, marginalized, less privileged and children living in the street
To improve on childrenís moral standards
To train young children as journalists
To raise awareness on childrenís issues
To encourage children who feel dejected and rejected
To bring children together to champion national prosperity

Members of the Childrenís Forum Network include: Desmond Jones, Chairman, Moses Moore Conteh, Assistant Chairman, Olayemi Jones, Secretary General, Matha Koroma, Assistant Secretary General, Rugiatu Bundu, Public Relations Officer, Millicent Mannah, Organizing Secretary, Joseph Kajue, Assistant Organizing Secretary and other members including, Kamah Sam Kpakra, Mary, Eva Pakinson, Florella, Abouzel, Sandra Philips, Johnishia Bamba and Festus Williams.

In the ensuing is a commentary written by the President of the Childrenís Advocacy Foundation, Desmond O.E. Jones. The commentary deals with an issue that has to do with the September 3rd 2007 Child Rights Act.

The organization can be contacted on mobile numbers: 076 591845, 077 751372

Child Rights Act 2007

The child rights act of 2007 is considered to be the most important document for the children of Sierra Leone.

Let me use this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who in diverse ways contributed meaningfully in making this document as it is today. The children of this country are especially thankful to the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrenís Affairs, Madam Shirley Gbujama, NACWAC, Mr. Emel Fisher of the Talking Drum Studio and UNICEF.

Despite the fact that this act has already become a law, it domestication is not encouraging as violators of childrenís rights are left unpunished, contrary to what the act dictates. In that note, let me take this opportunity to, on behalf of my organization, plead to all stakeholders involved to step up efforts in ensuring that provisions in the act are adhered to. This is an important document that has ever gone through our countryís parliament. It is aimed at enhancing a brighter future for Sierra Leone, as the future of any nation lies in the hands of the children who are the future generation. The children need to be brought up in an acceptable manner or the future of our land will remain doomed.

Quote of the Day
"Children are our precious diamonds and so we need to polish them" Ė says President Ernest Bai Koroma.

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