Senegal to boost its child protection policy

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Dakar, June 17 (IANS/MAP) Senegal’s Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Mariama Sarr has said that the country has set itself goals of accelerating the protection of children, eradicating poverty and hunger and provide its citizens access to quality education.

Sarr was speaking on Friday at the 27th African Child Day and the 29th National Child Week. She said that various measures were being taken to help combat “the abuses, violence, exclusion and the worst forms of child labour in the country”.

She also said that the country has already made “significant” progress in the fight against poverty, gender parity, health and access to drinking water.

Sarr said that the National Director of the NGO Plan International and the head of the United Nations Children’s Education Fund have all made a commitment to support the government’s actions in protecting the children of the country.

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