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Investing in children ‘vital’

By FONUA TALEI “Fiji’s greatest resource is children,” says UNICEF representative Isiye Ndomi. Mr Ndomi said the launch of the ‘Child Protection Community Facilitation Package’ brought feelings of content about
05 Oct 2012 14:04

Kids Praise from the Christian Mission Fellowship (standing from left) Diva Vonolagi, Asilika Matavesi and (sitting from left) Lydia Matavesi, Lucy Simpson, Dibau Tawake and Vasemaca Adiravalo holding the Child Protection Community Faciliation Package during its launching at the De Vos on the Park yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

By FONUA TALEI

“Fiji’s greatest resource is children,” says UNICEF representative Isiye Ndomi.
Mr Ndomi said the launch of the ‘Child Protection Community Facilitation Package’ brought feelings of content about developments “…when we invest in our children”.
He spoke to children, faith-based organisations, decision and policy-makers and guests at the deVos on the park banquet hall in Suva yesterday.
“The cost of preventing child abuse is much lower than that of reacting to it. Evidence from the Pacific is that it costs just one-third of the budget to prevent when compared to the costs of reacting to abuses.”
For every child, he said the cumulative toll for child abuse, neglect, and exploitation will be reflected through “increased absenteeism or dropping out of school, suffering poor health or other psychological and social impacts.
“In summary, it robs them of their chance to fulfill their full potential and robs the society of its potential to develop.”
He acknowledged the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation for taking the lead role in addressing issues of care and protection of children from prevention to crisis intervention.




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