via Whiz kid unravels day of the African child | The Zimbabwean. 17 June 2014
For 15-year-old Maud Chifamba, the youngest university student in Africa, yesterday was a significant day on the continent.
“To the children of Zimbabwe I would like to say we have a lot of work to do, a lot of dreams to fulfill and must be even more determined to conquer challenges before us, including the stereotype that the world has of Africa. We must strive to make both our country and thereby our continent better everyday in every way possible,” says Chifamba, who scooped the Panel Choice Award at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards, a couple of days ago.
The Day of the African Child, in Zimbabwe, also comes at a time when we are experiencing shocking incidences of child abuse. Recently the First Lady, Amai Grace Mugabe, called for those who sexually abuse children to be punished severely or be hanged, citing an incident where a five year old girl from Gokwe had to be removed her uterus by doctors after being sexually abused by an uncle.
Section 19 of the constitution says tat the state must adopt policies and measures to ensure that in matters relating to children, the best interests of the children concerned are paramount. It also calls for the protection of children from maltreatment, neglect or any form of abuse and to ensure that they have access to appropriate education and training.