childparly.jpgChild President Nigel Gwanzura says the need to improve children’s welfare is everyone’s responsibility.
Officially opening the 18th Session of the Children’s Parliament in Harare today, Child President Gwanzura appealed to senior government officials to co-operate with the children’s parliament, to come up with something concrete on the welfare of Zimbabwean children.


The opening of the children’s parliament concides with the Day of the African Child commemorations which are held on the 16th of June every year.      


The Day of the African Child is set aside to remember those who died during the Soweto uprising of 1976.


The day is being commemorated in Zimbabwe by the children’s parliament which aims at articulating the needs and rights of the children.


Child President Gwanzura thanked United Nations agencies including UNICEF for supporting children’s programmes in Zimbabwe.
He said budget constraints remain an obstacle for the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which also focus on the welfare and rights of children.                 
Child President Gwanzura appealed to the corporate world to assist children through their social responsibility programmes.
He said school teachers should enlighten children on their rights and welfare.
More than 4 000 children from all the country’s ten provinces converged at Harare International Conference Centre to commemorate the day.


The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Ministers, Professor Arthur Mutambara and Thokozani Khupe and government ministers attended the event.


This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme: “Planning and budgeting for the well-being of the child: a collective responsibility.”