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Uphold child welfare

Salaseini Vosamana
Saturday, October 06, 2012

NO child in Fiji should go hungry.

This is the view of Kids Link Fiji (KLF) and they want an end to poverty in Fiji and the creation of a welfare state in which government provides welfare to all single parents and families with low income.

As part of his submission to the Constitution Commission in Labasa, KLF speaker Simione Tuvuki said free training and income-generation schemes should be available to all parents to enable them to support their families.

"This will allow them to rise above poverty that has been entrenched in Fiji for a long time," Mr Tuvuki said. "We believe in Articles 26 and 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) that says we have a right to receive help from the government if we are poor or in need and the right to a good-enough standard of living."

"We, the children of Fiji, see that the rewriting of the constitution is an important step to moving Fiji forward.

"Seeking views from members of the public is a meaningful step in shaping the constitution. KLF understands that the significance of children's participation and having their voices heard as the constitution will have an impact on everyone.

"We have to move our country forward thus, it's important to get the constitution right so there can be a better future for all citizens."