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Children’s Commission Sets Task Force for COVID 19

TASKS Force meeting…. social distancing is in progress

The National Commission for Children (NCC), in collaboration with The Freetown City Council, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, the Sierra Leone Police, Defense for Children International, Street Child Sierra Leone, World Hope International, and the Media has established a Task Force to prevent children on COVID19.   The importance of the one-month pilot project task force is to ensure that children regardless of their status are been remove street and reunified with their families.

Speaking in a meeting held at the NCC conference room on Friday 17th April 2020, the Commissioner for NCC madam Joyce Abu underscored the importance of the task force and the need to prevent children from COVID19.  She explained, in brief, the background and mandate of NCC and the constant monitoring of the Child Right Act.  She said as a commissioner, they are being concerned over the lives of children in the street especially in the event of COVID19. She noted that based on that they have formed a comprehensive task for with inclusiveness from key partners in child response. She said their objective is to address issues relating children and the plan for COVID19 

She cited the experience form Ebola and the first task force meeting that was held. She said a concept note has been developed to source out funding from partners.  Key issues that came out of the meeting was that getting standardized messages on COVID19 prevention, spread, response, and impact.

Giving a brief background of the task force, Alhaji Kolleh Yillah from NCC said as a way to achieve government flagship program, people should be in the position to reduce the prevalence of children off the streets and encourage them to go to school.  He said based on that the NCC has decided to hold bilateral discussions with both the Mayor of the Freetown City Council and the Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs respectively on how they should map out a strategy of ensuring that children are encouraged to go off the street.

Commissioner Joyce Abu

He said at the end NCC under the leadership of the New Commissioner, called on relevant partners to get a way forward to remove and educate, inform and sensitizes children on the street and potential risk the street children stand to face during COVID 19 outbreak.

Participant also gives their update as part of their commitment toward what was agreed in the concept note.

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