BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as commended media organizations and journalists Nigeria, especially Kaduna State for their resilience and high demonstration of professionalism in reporting issues that concerns children.
The Media and Public Relations Officer, Rabiu Musa of UNICEF Kaduna Field office, gave the commendation yesterday during an end of year media review meeting with Journalists in Kaduna as part of activities to round up it’s five years work plan that started in 2014.
He charged media practitioners to consider their role in development as very important and appealed to them not to relent in their support for UNICEF and children in the state.
This is just as he commended the Kaduna State government for her cooperation and partnership, saying prompt response by the government has made UNICEF work easier in the state and helped in the successes recorded.
He however expressed for a better collaborations and partnerships in the next program beginning from January 2018.
“Our partnership with Kaduna state is one of the best in this part of the world. We will continue to work with Kaduna State to provide support and help for children and women in areas of Child Protection and Survival, Nutrition, Education, Health, WASH etc. Rabiu added.
He disclosed that, as part of activities to honour children globally, UNICEF, has outlined varieties of programs to mark “World Children’s Day” slated for 20th November, 2017.
According to Musa, said the theme of the commemoration is “Takeover” adding that on that day, children across the world will have the opportunity to takeover leadership of 50 organizations globally and act as head.
According to him, the idea is to make them feel and understand that they can become any thing and attain any position in life irrespective of their background.
“We also want them to have an opportunity to be part of decision making on issues that concerns them. It is a way of making them feel how important they are in the society.
“If you are planning for them, the best way is to plan with them. It will help them to begin to think of what they will become in life, it will also raise their profile to prepare them for a better future.” He said.
He further stated that in schools around the world, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and fundraise in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
He revealed also that in Kaduna, arrangements has been made by UNICEF with major media organizations in the state to allow children to take charge of the day’s business.
“Children from different backgrounds, both children of the rich and poor will be brought together to share and appreciate themselves, and will get equal opportunities during the programs.
“They are also going to have an opportunity to play together at Fifth Chukker Polo ground and will also have fun and share experiences and discuss their ambition as part of event to mark the day” he said.
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