Childfund Kenya Launches 5.8B Strategic Plan To Uplift Children.
ChildFund Kenya has launched a new strategic plan, urging the government and other non-state actors to focus more on children’s welfare.
Kenya has made significant progress in removing barriers to the full realization of children’s rights.
This was stated by Linah Jebii Kilimo, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Gender and Anti-FGM Activist, when she launched the Kenya Childfund strategic plan 2022-2026, which emphasized children’s rights and the appropriate roadmap for achieving the set goals.
“The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child have largely been domesticated and incorporated into Kenyan law mainly through the Children Act of 2001 and now the Constitution of Kenya,” she said.
Kilimo stated that the government has actively pursued the development of policies and programs to address specific rights, such as free and compulsory primary education and the Cash Transfer Program to assist orphans and vulnerable children, among other things.
“The Government has adopted a policy of mainstreaming youth issues in all Ministries, Departments and agencies. However, a key challenge lies in the enforcement of all the provisions of the existing laws and the ambitions of the policies that relate to children’s rights,” she added.
She urged all present institutions to prioritize youth issues in their programming, objectives, and goals.
In his remarks, Africa Childfund Regional Director Chege Ngugi stated that collaboration was critical if the goal was to be met.
“We are targeting over 7.5 million children and youth through various programmes, an estimate of 58.2 million dollars in funding and operations in over 26 Counties in the country,” he said.
“This is no easy feat and all who can come on board will be of great value to the cause,” he added.“
At the same time, Mr Roland Angerer, Regional Director of Asia Childfund, outlined his vision of reaching over 100 million children worldwide by 2030.
“We intend to widen our network through advocacy, digital programming, market-based solutions and consolidating on our already established partnerships,” he said.
“As much as we build on systems like the child protective system, focus is also on preparing a lot of the youth to enter the competitive job market with valuable skills,” he added.
Angerer stated that every child should be protected and given their basic rights in accordance with international standards.
Childfund Kenya Launches 5.8B Strategic Plan To Uplift Children