“Gov’t Takes Keen Interest in the Welfare of Children,” Says V.P. Boakai

Thursday, 18th June 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has said that the Unity Party-led Government takes keen interest in the welfare of children.

This, he noted, is evidenced by Government’s policies on children, including free primary education and the banning of street selling by children during school hours. The Legislature, he added, has also enacted legislation to protect the rights of children.

Vice President Boakai made the statement on June 17 when a two-member delegation from the Netherlands based World Initiative for Orphans, accompanied by the Chairman of the Liberia based Children Welfare Foundation International, Leonid W. Dunn,  paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

The Liberian Vice President said Government has also allowed Liberian children to establish a Children’s Parliament through which they can air their views on issues that affect them.

He acknowledged that the civil conflict in Liberia left many children orphaned and  exposed many to vices, and assured the delegation that Government is willing to work with them to ensure the general welfare of children.

Briefing the Vice President, Ms. Anna Elizabeth Hakvoort said the World Initiative for Orphans is dedicated to serving children without parental care worldwide, and guarding the fundamental needs of this disadvantaged population.  Ms. Hakvoort, who headed the delegation to Liberia, is manager for research and academics based in the Hague. She said her organization creates awareness for government leaders, decision-makers, politicians and civil society of their responsibility to all children without parental care. WIO, she added, partners with governments, decision-makers, politicians and civil society to cater to orphaned children, and advocate for their rights.

The West Africa Regional Manager for WIO (based in the Gambia), Mr. Morris I.O. Anyims, presented Vice President Boakai with the constitution and by-laws of the organization. He said they are seeking partnership with the Liberian Government to cater to the needs of orphaned children and local organizations to advocate for the rights of these children.