You cannot delegate parenthood, CS warns

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Labour and Social Protection, Ukur Yatani has attributed the current state of anarchy among some children to parents’ abdication of their parental duties and responsibilities.

Yatani said one can understand children going through difficult situations like orphans to be unruly but it becomes very worrying for children from well to do families becoming unruly because of lack of proper parenting.

You can delegate anything in life but you cannot delegate the responsibility of parenting and that is what is eating our society today. You cannot delegate to the boarding schools, you cannot delegate to the teacher nor institution; this is your responsibility to mould our children to be better citizens of this country, explained the CS.

Speaking on Wednesday during the official opening of the international conference on child protection at Daystar University, Yettani said that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 500 million to 1.5 billion children are experiencing violence annually while 150 million girls and 73 million boys are raped or subjected to sexual violence.

According to International Labour Organization (ILO) 115 million children are engaged in extremely harmful forms of work and this violation of children’s rights which cannot continue to be tolerated, said Yatani adding that it is a saddening affair that children continue to die each year due to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Yatani said that this conference has come at a time when we, as a nation and individuals, must rise above narrow confines of personal interests to safeguard our future through promising child protection practices that guarantee children a life free from violence, protection from adverse circumstances of conflicts, or disaster and be able to have them placed in a thriving family environment.

Yatani explained that responding to some of these issues the Government has put in place various measures geared towards mitigating vulnerability in the sector.

Through the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Program, the Government has been supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children to cushion them from the effects of poverty and HIV pandemic. Currently, a total of 353,000 Households are registered and are being supported under this program, said the CS.

He continued Further, The Government through the Department of Children Services is supporting a total of 22,103 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s) in boarding secondary schools by paying for them school fees of Ksh. 30,000 per year each. This is under the Presidential Secondary School Bursary Program in which the Government allocates a total of Sh. 400 Million per year.

Source: Kenya News Agency