Angola: Govt Announces Plans to Set Up Integrated Center to Assist Children

Luanda — Angolan Government announced on Monday the creation of the Integrated Center to provide Assistance to Children and Adolescents (CIACA).

CIACA was created as an integrated multisectoral service, which will allow for articulation between the different ministerial departments that intervene in the administration of juvenile justice.

According to the statement from the 7th Meeting of the Commission for Social Policy of the Cabinet Council, the creation of the center is part of public policies and the Executive challenge of judicial protection of the rights of the child in contact with the justice system.

It recommends to conduct further study on the matter, with the involvement of all sectors.

In the health field, the members of the Commission approached the regulation on the licensing of crematory establishments, aimed to introduce, in the Angolan legal system, specific rules on the exercise of crematory activity.

According to the document, the commission also recommended the ministerial departments taking into account the cultural issues surrounding this situation.

The sector recommended are those of the ministries of Social Action, Family and Promotion of Women and Culture, Tourism and Environment, in order to have their say on the issue.

During the meeting, chaired by Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, the members of the commission appreciated, in the field of education and teaching, the situation of returning to school in primary, secondary and higher education.

The government recognises that, in the context of the pandemic, the closure of schools promotes a decline in the learning capacity of students, with psychomotor and affective consequences.

In this regard, the meeting recommended that the ministries of Education and Higher Education, Science and Technology and Innovation should work together with the ministries of Health, Territorial Administration, Telecommunications, Information and Social Communication Technologies, Interior and Youth and Sports, civil society, churches, traditional authorities and other social partners of the State, on mobilisation and awareness of students and their families to ensure that there is a massive and peaceful return to classes.

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