NGOs agitate for Children’s role in budget planning
Children disclosing their wishes to respective leaders
The need to include children in national budget planning was revisited during an Child-based NGO meeting that occurred on Friday April 6 with CLADHO to look closer at what role the children can play in planning the budget.
Some of the children that were invited to attend the meeting said that they are not granted time to cite their ideals on budget planning.
“We wish that the budget be increased to address the needs of children not in school and those on streets and others with different problems. We, their representatives, don’t have anything to do because we lack funds to use,” says Uwera Zamida, a National Child Commission representative.
Local government leaders, Languida Nyirabahire, the Gasabo district assistant welfare executive secretary, says that children are faced with different problems that should be addressed by an exclusive budget.
“There are children that experience different problems including poor feeding, dropping out of school, lack of healthcare, all of which when addressed by the budget can be helpful. But the Rwandan government is consenting more effort, parents should also grant their children right to participate in the planning of the national,” she says.
CLADHO Presient Jean Leonard Sekanyange, noted that children should not be thought for but their needs be due to their own wishes.
“Children should have the right to disclose their thoughts or ideals towards planning the budget so that they also can benefit equally,” he said.
The CLADHO leader gave an example of how children’s right to decision making and choice is some times violated by their parents in terms of buying them qualities they don’t want.
Children also want to have a transparent inclusion in planning the budget like the ministry for finance and economic planning relating them to which ideas were considered and those excluded so that they make alternatives.
The children want accountability of their allocated budgetary use because a fiscal year ends without any utilization of the funds.
A number of Non-Government Organizations along with some of the leaders in the Rwandan government agree that children should have a tangible role in the planning of the national budget.
The partners in different activities say that children should, by full engagement in the planning of the budget, desimminate their needs in the development of the country.