Le­sotho to host ind­aba on vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho, in con­junc­tion with child wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, is set to host a four-day con­fer­ence to find ways to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren at a lo­cal ho­tel in Maseru next month.

Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment, ‘Mate­batso Doti, re­vealed at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that gov­ern­ment, with the as­sis­tance of the Pres­i­dent’s Emer­gency Plan for AIDS Re­lief (PEPFAR) with its Man­age­ment Sciences for Health (MSH) pro­gramme, and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) will host the con­fer­ence in which ex­am­in­ing the strate­gies em­ployed in sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

The con­fer­ence, which will be held from 8-11 De­cem­ber, will draw par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity coun­tries (SADC).

Ms Doti added that the con­fer­ence will also seek to dis­cover some of the mod­ern ap­proaches in as­sist­ing vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and bring­ing about pos­i­tive changes in their lives.

“With this con­fer­ence, Le­sotho is go­ing to learn from peo­ple from the other South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity coun­tries on how they are tack­ling such is­sues as the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of chil­dren in their coun­tries,” Ms Doti said.

“And from the con­fer­ence, Le­sotho will be able to learn from those coun­tries that are do­ing well in terms of car­ing for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.”

Ms Doti said the strate­gies wor­thy of em­u­la­tion would be in­cor­po­rated the gov­ern­ment’s strate­gic frame­work for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“By or­gan­is­ing the con­fer­ence, gov­ern­ment is show­ing its com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the plight of chil­dren and their needs as well as their safety within the coun­try and abroad.”

Mrs Doti said: “at this con­fer­ence Her Majesty Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso will be given an hon­our of be­com­ing the pa­tron of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to the good work she has done and that she is con­tin­u­ing to do in help­ing vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.”

Min­is­ter of so­cial De­vel­op­ment, ‘Mate­batso Doti

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