Last week we compiled a list of some of the tough questions that children tend to ask their parents.
Contributing to the discussion, via email, Lebogang Florence Ramogwana says: “I think we just have to be more open to our kids and answer their questions fully and honestly.Recently my 6-yr- old daughter asked me what circumcision was. I was just shocked as I wondered if she heard about it it at school or what?
Amazingly she said she saw the advert from the television and didn’t what it was all about.At first I didn’t know what to say but my little brother aged 13 was circumcised in December and he liked to show us his healing process so that came to my rescue as I simply told my girl that what my brother did did is circumcision and she just said, “OK”
Recently she asked me how would a babe come out of my belly….she just told me that she saw on his form 5 uncle’s books and on TV that once a woman’s belly gets bigger there is a small babe bending on its knees praying inside there and she therefore wanted to know how the baby would eventually come out.
I told her that I would have go to the hospital where there would be nurses that are trained to open bellies and take the kids out without inflicting any pain and harm.”
VOICING UNHEARD YOUNG VOICES
Broadcasters in Botswana will on March 04, 2012 air a number of special children’s programmes and features articulating children’s opinions on various issues to mark the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), a press release from NUICEF has said.
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) is an annual UNICEF initiative that begun in 1991 to encourage quality children’s programming and the participation of young people in the media.
This year’s ICDB theme – “voicing unheard young voices” promotes awareness of the need for all children, especially those silenced by inequities, to express themselves to be heard as well as to participate in decisions that affect them.
UNICEF Representative Dr. Doreen Mulenga has encouraged broadcasters to extend their services to the most deprived children;
“There is a commendable effort towards engaging children in programming by most broadcasters in Botswana. However, there is still room for engaging more children especially those who are silenced by geography and location of residence or lack of permanent residence, as in the case of migrant workers and refugees, Income, racial, ethnic, religious or other cultural affiliations, minority status, disability and gender”, Mulenga has said
Every child has the right to have a say in decisions that affect them and have his/her opinions taken into account. Universal equity in opportunities is a central aspect of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the work of UNICEF that calls for equitable participation in society.