The 3rd Session of the Children's Parliament concluded in Windhoek last Wednesday with the young parliamentarians issuing a wide-ranging communiqué at the end of the three-day session.
Child labour does exist in Namibia, and the Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions have close to 1 000 such children.
This week The Namibian newspaper reported a story about an alleged gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl by nine boys.
Children as young as 12 are exploited in prostitution in Windhoek, coastal towns and along the main transport routes, a report released in Washington on Thursday reveals.
There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.
At the age of 14, Wesley Awareb* has been forced to drop out of school and work because he cannot afford school fees or the extras needed to gain an education.
Government will tighten controls on child labour and also on trafficking of foreign children from neighbouring countries into Namibia to work, after recent inspections revealed that about 120 children under the age of 14 were found to be 'employed' in all seven northern regions and in the Omaheke Region.
Nearly one out of every seven victims whose rape was reported by the Namibian Police in its daily crime bulletins last year was ten years or younger.
Two Namibian youths are seeking an amendment to the Constitution to make provision for the President to appoint four people between the ages of 23 and 30 to the National Assembly in addition to the six people who the president already appoints on the basis of expertise or special status.
The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) says it has increasingly detected abuse and misappropriation of orphan funds by guardians who, instead of spending the money on the orphans, opt to use it for their own needs.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.