United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has promised to continue supporting Kenya in all matters touching on children affairs.
UNICEF Kenya Country office new Representative Ms. Maniza Zaman made pledge when she paid a courtesy call on Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yatani in his Nairobi office.
The two delved on matters around child protection and the critical role in steering the Kenya UNICEF office in collaboration with the government of Kenya.
They also had deliberated on social protection, which is one of the major programs under the social protection wing of the ministry. “A lot of children issues depend on sufficient workforce at the grassroots and therefore social work assessment need to be done,” Ms. Maniza said.
The CS informed the UNICEF representative of the various social protection reforms undertaken by the ministry among them the review of the existing legal, policy and institutional framework for child protection in the country.
“UNICEF has been a close partner of the ministry and we appreciate the support we have so far received from UNICEF in terms of training and capacity building,” Yatani said.
Ms. Maniza’s courtesy call on CS Yatani was the maiden one in the country since she presented her credentials to the foreign affairs ministry.
“This is my second time in Kenya and I am glad to be back to a country that I have a great affection for. I have chosen to visit this ministry because of the critical role you play in child protection in Kenya,” she said.
The courtesy call came ahead of an outreach program rolled out by the ministry to the counties of Mandera and Wajir. The CS said that Part of the programme will involve checking on children homes and the general state of children in the two counties.
Present during the meeting were PS Social protection Mr. Nelson Marwa as well as other senior officials from both the ministry and UNICEF Kenya.
Before assuming her current role in Kenya, Maniza worked for Unicef in New York, Vietnam, Ethiopia as well as Tanzania.
She is a dual national of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oxford, UK, and Master of Science degree from Cornell University, USA.
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
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