The National Junior Councils Association of Zimbabwe (NJCAZ) in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs coordinated a training and consultations workshop for the newly elected junior councillors for Masvingo City Council on Friday the 27th of May 2022 with the aim to develop the Universal Periodic Review Action Plan for the child.
Speaking during the workshop, NJCAZ Operations Officer, Trish Zengeya said the Ministry of Justice and parliamentary Affairs was tasked by the government to train and make consultations in line with children’s rights in all spheres.
‘NJCAZ is partnering the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs which has been tasked by the government on this training and consultations programme with the aim of developing the Universal Periodic Review Action Plan for the child related accepted recommendations.
The Universal Periodic Review Action Plan is done every 4 years. Recommendations from children are taken for implementation. It is also during these workshops that monitoring and evaluation of the government’s policies is made’, she said.
The junior council was also sensitised on strategies in which they can lobby Policy Makers to ensure that the rights of children are protected, promoted and respected. The main priority areas of focus were; access to quality health care for children, access to quality education and child protection.