The Minister of Gender calls on the national community to involve children in decision-making

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Kinshasa, November 22nd, 2021 (CPA) .- The Minister of Gender, Family and Children, Gisèle Ndaya Luseba, in a message addressed to the nation on Friday, called on the national community to involve children and young people in decision-making in view to re-imagine the world in the context of Covid-19 and global warming. She made this appeal on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of the Child celebrated on November 20 of each year and whose 2021 edition has the international theme: « Fight against climate change » and at the national level: “I get involved and I act with my community on climate and environmental issues”. Ms. Ndaya said that November 20th is an ideal time when her ministry takes stock of the actions undertaken and reiterates its collective determination to act effectively and efficiently for the promotion of children’s rights, thus paying tribute to the President of the Republic Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi for its vision materialized in the government program, notably through the application of the measure of free primary education. This allowed all children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to have access to education and to the safe reopening of our schools. She also stressed that her ministry spares no effort to protect and promote their rights, while remaining convinced that the Congo of tomorrow will be what we will do with our children today. The celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, she said, is an opportunity to solemnly reaffirm that the child, as a subject of law, must benefit from the full attention of the community in which it operates, but above all to encourage decision-makers who have their rights to take measures likely to improve their well-being. 300,000 seedlings will be planted nationwide She also pointed out that the 32nd anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child takes on another dimension as it falls the day after the close of the international climate conference « The Cop 26 In Glasgow, Scotland. The themes chosen, she argued, were thought out precisely to bring to action our children and young people to cultivate at home the spirit of preservation of the environment and thus, make them enjoy their right to inherit  » a land in good condition and to bequeath tomorrow to future generations a living environment free from natural disasters due to human activities or human unconsciousness. It is in this spirit, announced the Minister of Gender, that children appointed by the Ministry of the Environment will plant from 04 December 2021 throughout the national territory more than 300,000 seedlings. They will take responsibility for monitoring its development through their representative structures like the children’s committees, she continued, before recalling that this action is part of the chief’s vision. of the report on the project to plant a billion trees by 2023. Children’s creativity and dynamism can change our world However, Ms. Ndaya remains convinced that the creativity, drive and enthusiasm of children can change the world we live in. « Bursting with energies, curiosity and vitality, as you are, you can break the cogs that are sure to destroy the biodiversity necessary for the survival of our planet with immense benefits, » he said. . It has been 32 years since nations came together to make a pledge to children around the world, she recalled, noting that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding text in which all States are committed to the natural rights of every girl and every boy. The Minister of Gender mentioned that to this end, all countries have recognized the unique vulnerability of children and promised to provide them with food, health care, education and protection, before noting that since progress has been made. been achieved with the result of reducing the number of child deaths by more than half and the decline in their stunting throughout the world.