Denial Of Education To A Child Is Abuse Of Rights-Governor

The Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State Maj. Gen. John Ivo Mounto has warned citizens against the practice of keeping children at home instead of sending them to school.

Denial Of Education To A Child Is Abuse Of Rights-Governor
Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State Maj. Gen. John Ivo Mounto says denial of education for children is an abuse [Gurtong| Jok Peter Mayom]

By Jok P. Mayom

Malakal, 15 December 2013 (Gurtong) - “Children not given access to education is an abuse of right,” Mounto said. “Lack of parental care to the children is also an abuse. Parents not creating (good) relationship with their children is an abuse.” He condemned beating of children in a way of disciplining them.

The deputy governor decried child marriage which he said if not collectively addressed, could take the country more than 20 years to eradicate. He attributed early marriage practised in most communities in the country to poverty.

The governor also lashed out at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for not doing enough.  “You are just singing a song with us without doing something,” he said as he appealed to government officials and Civil Society Organisations to advocate for peace in the country.

Mounto was addressing celebrants marking the International Human Rights’ Day at the state capital, Malakal last week.

UNMISS in collaboration with the Human Right Section   marked the day under the theme: “20 Years Working For Your Rights.”

The Director General in the State Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs Agnes Kur however applauded UNMISS/Human Rights Section for commemorating the Rights Day.

She appealed to the state government to carry on with the activities of human rights promotion and protection regardless of sex, age, religion, tribe and ethnicity.



 

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