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Nigeria: Why the Child's Rights Act Still Doesn't Apply Throughout Nigeria

[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria adopted the Child's Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country's constitution states that for an international law to take effect, Nigeria's legislature must create a national version. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Unicef Harps On Exclusive Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding

[Vanguard] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has advised nursing and lactating mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding for children below the age of five. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Password Education Should Be Age-Appropriate - Here's How

[The Conversation Africa] Children are increasingly being exposed to, and using, technology from a very young age. This has never been more true than in 2020 when the vast majority of children worldwide have used online resources to access educational resources and communicate with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: MP Calls for More Shelters for Vulnerable Children

[Namibian] POPULAR Democratic Movement parliamentarian Jenifer van den Heever wants the government to construct safe houses to accommodate hundreds of homeless children who live on the streets. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: 200 Youth to Participate in UN Event in Arusha

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Over 200 national and international youths will have a four-day annual assimilation of the United Nations General Assembly titled, Tanzania International Model United Nations in Arusha from September 29 to October 2. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Worry Over Gaps in Adolescent Sexuality Education, Access to Contraceptives

[263Chat] The government has cited gaps in the adolescent sexuality education and access to contraceptives for the upsurge in teenage pregnancies. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: VP Chiwenga Speaks On Adolescent Health

[The Herald] Eradication of poverty and increased education are among key factors in dealing with early sexual activity among adolescents, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga has said. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Coalition Lobby MPs for Increased Funding to Early Childhood Development

[Nyasa Times] The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Coalition-a coordinating body for all ECD implementers and programs in Malawi-has appealed to Members of Parliament (MPs) to help lobby for government's more financing to ECD for construction or improvement of Community Based Child Care (CBCC) centres and facilitation of training and remuneration of caregivers. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Village in Murang'a Where Youths See Crime, Chang'aa as Ultimate Path to Success

[Nation] Maica Ma Thi is a village in Maragua, Murang'a County, which has many times been in the news for all the wrong reasons. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: 'Tupac' Appears for Human Trafficking

[New Era] Windhoek-based businessman Simon Andjamba, who is well known as Tupac in social circles, this week appeared before court where he is facing multiple counts of human trafficking for transporting minor boys from neighbouring Angola in 2018. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Impact of Covid-19 On Women and Children

[IPS] Dublin -- The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. The pandemic has resulted in increased rates of violence against women and has exacerbated challenges in accessing justice. Women are losing their livelihoods faster than men. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Domesticating, Enforcing Child Protection Policy in Schools

[This Day] Ugo Aliogo examines the role of trained teenage girl leaders in promoting the domestication of child protection policy in Lagos schools (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Child Marriages Surge in Zimbabwe - Plan International

[New Zimbabwe] MUTARE: Cases of girls being married under the age of 15 have surged from 4.9% to 5.4% in 2019, statistics released by Plan International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with operations in Zimbabwe, reveal. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland: Increase in Sexual Violence Against Children As Schools Closed By Covid-19

[Swazi Media] The closure of schools in Swaziland (eSwatini) because of the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in sexual and gender based violence against children, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report suggests. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Youth for Change, Collaborating Partners Launch Election Dialogues to Promote Peaceful Electoral Process Ahead of December 8 Polls

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- In the wake of heightened political tensions that continue to mar the events leading to the December 8, 2020 special senatorial elections, a conglomeration of 32 youth-based non-governmental organizations will today, Thursday launch a civic engagement campaign called the "Youth Election Dialogues." (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Govt, North West States Meet, Adopt Template for Schools Reopening

[Daily Trust] The Federal Ministry of Education and seven northwest states have met in Kano to deliberate and adopt the already developed federal government's template for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: First Lady to Focus On Uplifting Rural Girl Child

[Malawi News Agency] Lusaka -- First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera is set to launch her foundation next month with a focus on efforts to uplift the life of a rural girl child. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Covid-19 - Young People Raise Awareness in Menongue

[ANGOP] Menongue -- About eighty young volunteers in Menongue, the capital of Cuando Cubango, raised awareness among vendors in the Peace and Castilhos markets, as well as merchants next to the Moçamedes Railway Station, of the need for continued compliance with preventive measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 30-Year-Old Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Minor in Jigawa

[Premium Times] The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Jigawa State Command have arrested one Habibu Muhammad, 30, for the alleged rape of a minor. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 10 Key Points About the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund

[Daily Trust] The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is a N75 billion fund established in July 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Early Marriages Fuelling Gender-Based Violence in Makoni

[] Community members from Makoni have singled out early child marriages in Makoni as the major driver of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This came out during a Women Rights and GBV reporting training conducted by Heal Zimbabwe on 17 September 2020. The training was attended by 32 women drawn from ward 32 Headlands, in Makoni District, Ward 32 Councillor, Farai Mutokosi, four members from the local Zimbabwe Republic Police (Victim Friendly Unit) and four Traditional leaders. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Tawina Commemorates International Youth Day in Dowa

[Malawi News Agency] Dowa -- Girls in Dowa on Tuesday have been urged to continue with their education for them to contribute positively to the development of their areas. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Kagera Reduces Under 5 Years' Child Malnutrition

[Citizen] Bukoba -- Statistics on child malnutrition for children under five years in Kagera region have continued to decline from 41 per cent to 39 percent in 2019 due to increased public awareness towards the upbringing of children under five including exclusive breastfeeding for six months. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Chiefs Urged to End Child Marriages

[Malawi News Agency] Kasungu -- Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu has urged fellow Chiefs around his area to quickly take action against child marriages that have reportedly been high due to Covid-19 induced school break. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Provinces Are Not Liable for Child Injuries in ECD Centres, Supreme Court of Appeal Rules

[Daily Maverick] Should provincial departments of social development be held liable for damages when a child is injured at a nursery school? Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal held that, in general, it would not be appropriate to impose such liability on provincial departments. The judgment is significant as it delineates the roles of various stakeholders and principles of oversight and accountability in relation to early childhood development centres, as well as other care facilities. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Utm Youth Rescues Family With Child With Disability in Machinga

[Malawi News Agency] Machinga -- Lilongwe United Transformation Movement (UTM) Youth Ambassador, a youth arm of UTM over the weekend donated assorted items to a family with a child with disabilities in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mlomba in Machinga. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: More Inmates, Pupils Test Positive For Covid-19

[New Era] Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has expressed disappointment over the public's non-compliance with Covid-19 rules following the lifting of the state of emergency, warning the nation could face another lockdown if citizens continue to defy health protocols. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Countrywide Horticulture Project for Youth Underway

[New Era] The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, through its subsidiaries, the National Youth Service (NYS) and National Youth Council (NYC), availed N$1 million to set up greenhouses for horticultural production in all 14 regions. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Gambian Youth Engage in Employment-Intensive Works for Better Living Conditions

[The Point] Gambian youth have engaged themselves in employment intensive works to better their living standards. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Learners in Mulanje Push for Strong Child Protection Measures

[Malawi News Agency] Mulanje -- Some learners from Traditional Authority (T/A) Juma in Mulanje have appealed to authorities to put in place child protection measures to counter the rise of teenage pregnancies which contribute to early marriages. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Police Hunt for 5 Schoolgirls Kidnapped By Bandits in Niger State

[This Day] Minna -The Niger State Police Command has begun a massive search for five schoolgirls, their teacher and a security guard abducted by bandits from their Tulare Academy School, Maruba, in Mariga Local Government Area of the state last Sunday. (AllAfrica)

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