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Minister Antoinette Kipulu announces the activities of the children’s rights fortnight in Kinshasa

Kinshasa, November 22nd, 2021 (CPA). – The Minister of Vocational Training and Trades, Antoinette Kipulu Kabenga, on behalf of her colleague from Gender, Family and Child, announced on Saturday at the Academy of Fine Arts (ABA) of Kinshasa, activities related to the fortnight of the rights of the child, on the occasion of the celebration of World Children’s Day celebrated on November 20 of each year. Ms. Kipulu said that this day was established since the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, before pointing out that several activities including the planting of trees with at least three hundred thousand (300,000) seedlings, next December 4 by the children chosen by the Ministry of the Environment on selected sites, will be organized during this fortnight. This day, she said, is celebrated in order to promote respect for the rights of the child in the world and an opportunity to raise public awareness of children’s rights and to perform concert acts in their favor. The international and national themes « I commit and I act with my community to preserve the environment of the DRC » challenge everyone and especially children, to campaign for the future of the planet, said the Minister of Vocational training and trades, before welcoming the impetus of the Head of State, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo for the implementation of free education for Congolese children and that of the partners of the Ministry of Gender, Family and child. The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), Édouard Beigbeder, for his part, spoke of the current situation of children in general, noting that the climate crisis nowadays is a crisis of the rights of the children and Congolese youth are aware that the effects of climate change are jeopardizing their future. He said that this World Children’s Day is an important moment to transform this event into concrete actions. “We must act together and in a concerted manner to build a better world for all children,” he stressed. According to a UNICEF report, young people living in the DRC are among the most exposed to the effects of climate change, particularly air, soil and water pollution. It should be noted that this day was sanctioned by the visit of officials to the exhibition of works by ABA students and those of child reporters on subjects related to this social branch.

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