PARTICIPATION – Aldi Kamulete Tshibamba, 16, is president of the Children’s Committee of Kinshasa. An education student in 9th grade at the “Mboloko les Gazelles” teaching centre in the Kalamu community, he is very dedicated to fighting for children’s rights. This supporter of children’s participation enjoys seeing people happy, he fights for the happiness and development of each child in his country. Aldi spoke to us passionately about this project.
Children’s participation in the Provincial Committee
One of the strategies of the government partner with the support of UNICEF, within the context of promoting children’s right to the institutional participation, is accompanying the implementation of children’s committees in schools and other local management institutions, then at the community and provincial levels, to finally end at the Constitution of National Children’s Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The children’s committee in the town-province of Kinshasa was built since December 2016, to allow children to formally participate in decision-making concerning them.
“I am committed to spread the Convention of the Rights of the Child among other children like me and the public at large. It is also an opportunity for me to make a plea for our rights before decision-makers”.
“It gives me, my family, my supporters and my school great pride. But it is also a great responsibility which I carry on my shoulders. I first have committees which I preside in my school as well as at the community level, in addition to new tasks which have been committed to me on a provincial level, that I must complete over the two-year term which is given to us. “
The child at the heart of concerns
The president and his committee have decided to value children’s rights and to allow all children without parents who roam the streets to have the opportunity to go to school, to take advantage of good health and to be protected. They want primary school to be free and for each child to be able to return to school.
Participation: For and By children!
This committee allows children’s voices to be heard and allows them to contribute to the decision-making process regarding questions concerning them when nothing is going in their favour. Participation is important in allowing children to develop in society.
A dream for the future and a wish for children
“Although I am in education, I do not think I want to become a teacher. But I would like to work with international organizations. To do so, I do have any specific ideas about what I should study in the future. But I think it will be either IT or journalism.”
“All I want for each child, is that they are happy and that they develop over the course of their life.”
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Translated from French by Alexandria Harris
FALLONE MUADI, est stagiaire à la Communication de l’UNICEF RDC. Elle fait partie de l’équipe InfoCom et contribue à la communication digitale de l’organisation. Sa devise ? « Voir au délà de limite »
FALLONE MUADI, is a Communication intern at the UNICEF DRC. She is a member of the InfoCom team and contributes to the digital communication of the organization. Her life moto? “See beyond limits”