Commonwealth Summit: Karamoja, West Nile Leading in Child Poverty

The Chief of Communication at UNICEF Jaya Murthy has said that Karamoja and West Nile regions are the leading zones of child poverty at about 60 percent.

Murthy explained that child poverty is when a child is deprived of two of the basic child rights among food, clothes and shelter.

He also noted that Uganda can achieve a bright future as there will be a massive growth of children by 2040.

“I am a product of Commonwealth, so I request that they partner with the Ugandan government and organizations to ensure that no child is left behind in terms of well-being,” he said.

Murthy was yesterday speaking at the Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Cup, an event that was organized as a precursor to the Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Meeting set to start on Monday at Munyonyo.

The summit was officially launched at Namboole Stadium with a wide range of activities like football, exhibitions among others.

The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland from London was the guest of honor, in company of Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the Youth and Child Affairs Minister and Hon. Cecilia Ogwal who represented the Speaker of Parliament.

The Secretary General said that she was overwhelmed by the hospitality of Ugandans and she pledged that no child will be left behind.


“I am so determined that we will leave no children behind. I see every child in Commonwealth as my son and daughter,” Patricia told the guests.

Scotland went on to say that they (Commonwealth) will see that every child has a future.

“I have always loved children, we have a commitment to our children to help them achieve to the maximum of their potential,” she said.

The youth Minister thanked Patricia for honoring the invite to grace the event and she presented to her  the National youth leaders who help her in running youth affairs smoothly.

This is the first time Uganda is hosting the Commonwealth meetings, it will be after around 100years to come for us to ever host another Commonwealth meeting therefore it is a great privilege.

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