Government wants to stop increase of vulnerable children in Benguela

  • Paulo Kalesi, Director do INAC
Catumbela - The director-general of the National Children Institute (INAC), Paulo Kalesi, said in Benguela that the Government intends to increase the capacity of social intervention for children in vulnerable situations in the province.

Speaking during a seminar on the protection of children in reception centres, Mr. Kalesi blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the increase in the social vulnerability of families.

Paulo Kalesi admitted that the health crisis, caused by the new coronavirus, has hindered the fulfilment of the 11 commitments for children, adopted by the Government in 2007 and revised in 2011.

The 11 commitments concern, among others, child survival, food security and nutrition, birth registration, early childhood education, primary education and vocational training, as well as HIV/AIDS.

The idea is therefore, according to Paulo Kalesi, to see with the local authorities in Benguela the possibility of speeding up the implementation of existing social support programmes or even increasing them, adapting them to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The focus, he said, is to support families in vulnerable situations so that they can benefit, among others, from the programmes to strengthen social protection "Kwenda", which consists of monthly cash transfers, "Valor Criança" and "Combate à Fome".

In case there is bureaucracy in the process of support to vulnerable families in Benguela, through these programmes, that official assures that alternatives will be found to deburocratise the intervention.

Speaking during a seminar on the protection of children in reception centres, Mr. Kalesi blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the increase in the social vulnerability of families.

Paulo Kalesi admitted that the health crisis, caused by the new coronavirus, has hindered the fulfilment of the 11 commitments for children, adopted by the Government in 2007 and revised in 2011.

The 11 commitments concern, among others, child survival, food security and nutrition, birth registration, early childhood education, primary education and vocational training, as well as HIV/AIDS.

The idea is therefore, according to Paulo Kalesi, to see with the local authorities in Benguela the possibility of speeding up the implementation of existing social support programmes or even increasing them, adapting them to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The focus, he said, is to support families in vulnerable situations so that they can benefit, among others, from the programmes to strengthen social protection "Kwenda", which consists of monthly cash transfers, "Valor Criança" and "Combate à Fome".

In case there is bureaucracy in the process of support to vulnerable families in Benguela, through these programmes, that official assures that alternatives will be found to deburocratise the intervention.