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Liberian Children celebrate Day of the African Child

By Jerry Kollie
Flash back: President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf celebrating
with  Liberian children in Lofa County,  Jully 26, 2011
Flash back: President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf celebrating with Liberian children in Lofa County, Jully 26, 2011

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The Keynote Speaker at the 2013 celebration of the Day of the African Child wants practical measures to protect the rights of Liberian children.

According to Mr. Forstina Gongbah, despite efforts by government and partners, more needs to be done by local stakeholders in protecting children’s rights.

Mr. Gongbah made the statement Monday, June 18, 2013 in Sanniquellie, Nimba County at programs marking the official celebration of the Day of the African Child.

“Increase in teenage pregnancy, early marriage, rape, female genital mutilation, among others, are critical issues that need urgent attention,” she emphasized.

The Speaker of the Liberian Children Forum lauded government for the enactment of the Children Law and the introduction of the Free and Compulsory Education Policy across the country.

Also speaking, Gender and Development Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell said: “Efforts are being made to protect the rights of children in the country.”

“Achieving such desired objective requires the collective actions of government, partners, community leaders and the entire society, Minister Cassell added.

The celebration was held under the theme, “Our Collective Responsibility in Eliminating Harmful, Social and Cultural Practices in Liberia.” 

 


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