The Nation Commission for Children (NCC) met the vice-mayors in charge of social affairs from all the districts as well as in charge of governance at province level countrywide in order to discuss issues regarding the election of the children's representatives on local level, scheduled to take place from August 18-21.
"We are going to let our kids elect their representatives in order to make them have an active participation in the country's developmental programs," said Zaina Nyiramatama, the executive secretary of NCC.
"Those committees will be mandated to advocate for the most vulnerable children. We know for facts that our kids have many constructive ideas only that they were not given enough space and time to speak out," she said, adding that a great advocacy they want children to make for their fellows is related to fighting against child labor.
Therefore the official called upon local leaders to have children represented by their committees in public events and meetings at all local levels.
"Their innocence will make them reveal the hidden truth. We are not worried about them being immature and we are confident that no one will be frustrated from them telling the truth about their living conditions."
For Emmanuel Nzamwita, the advisor to the Minister of Gender Promotion and Family Planning, "the children committees will help strengthen the idea of 'building the leaders of tomorrow'".
He stated that from the committee, having a child who would represent his fellows in national and international summits won't be an issue any more. "In the past we have had children attending the summit without knowing their fellows' problems because they were fake representatives. But this time we'll have real representatives bringing the real problems from kids in the village."
In each committee to be elected, gender equality has to be respected and disabled represented. It will be made up by children aged between 6 and 18 year old, serving a 3-year mandate.