Kenya to Host Africa’s International Conference on Child Protection

Kenya to Host Africa’s International Conference on Child Protection

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Kenya will host the second International Conference on Child Protection in Africa, Nairobi, scheduled for November 22nd to 24th, 2023 at Daystar University.

The ICCP Africa 2023 is the follow-up to the 2018 First International Conference on Child Protection in Africa, which focused on the themes of resilience, innovation, and evidence. Additionally, the 2016 International Conference on Best Interest for Children (BIC) in the Justice System, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, served as the model for both gatherings.

The International Conference on Child Protection in Africa (ICCP-AFRICA) is being organized by the Government of Kenya through the Directorate of Children’s Services, National Council for Children’s Services, NCAJ’s standing committee, UNICEF, UNODC, Daystar Universities, African Institute for Children Studies, and many other state and non-state partners, with key speakers from across the globe.

This conference is aimed at bringing together key stakeholders in the field of Child Protection in Africa. The participants will share knowledge on gaps in intervention, what is working and areas that require more focus to enhance child protection.

The conference will center around violence against children with this year’s theme being centred on “Ending Violence against Children: Evidence to Action”.

The Chief Guest will be the Cabinet Secretary, Labour and Social Protection, Florence Bore.

The organisers, confirmed that the international event will go on as planned saying the preparations were at an advanced stage and were very much ready to host Africa in Nairobi.

“Join us in Nairobi to the melting pot of knowledge on how-to or how-not-to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse. We can’t wait to host you on 22nd – 24th November, 2023 at Daystar University Valley Road Campus in the Nairobi City,” said Mark Keya a co-chair  of the second International Conference on Child Protection in Africa.

Speaking during a media breakfast at Golden Tulip on Wednesday, November, 15th, 2023 in Nairobi, Keya said the organising committee had a budget shortfall of Ksh12 million and appealed to more partners and well wishers to come on board and support them stage a very successful event.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Principle Secretary and Secretary in Charge of Children’s Services, the deputy Director Children’s  Services Mwambi Mongare said:” Together, we are dedicated to stopping all forms of child abuse and neglect in the continent.”

He said the Kenyan government’s mission is to enhance, partnerships with other like minded stakeholders, the prevention and protection of children from all forms of maltreatment, thus, ensuring that the rights of children are realized.

“Kenya is the only country in Africa to host this conference and now it is hosting for the second consecutive is a manifestation of the country’s commitment in promoting and enhancing the rights of the children agenda  in the continent,” said Mongare.

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