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Empowering Zambia’s Future: The Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022


In an age where we aspire to build safer communities, nurture responsible citizens, and promote a brighter future for Zambia, there is a transformative force at work – the Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022. This comprehensive piece of legislation, enacted by the Zambian Parliament, places the best interests of children at its heart and promises a society where every child is safe, protected, and thriving.

So, what exactly is the Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022? In essence, it is a consolidation of various laws that concern the welfare of children, a tailor-made legal framework designed to ensure that children’s rights are upheld, respected, and protected. Its full implementation represents a significant step toward creating a society free from the injustices that children often face.

This transformative Act aligns with international treaties on children’s rights that Zambia has signed. By incorporating these rights into our national law, the Code empowers us to hold individuals accountable for any failure to uphold these rights. It is a powerful tool that allows every citizen to stand up for children’s rights, ensuring that no child is left behind, especially those who come in conflict or contact with the law.

The Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022, also recognises the vital role parents play in a child’s life. Section 26 of the act outlines the responsibilities of parents, which encompass providing children with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, and guidance. These provisions emphasise that we all have a part to play in securing the well-being and future of our children.

As we celebrate Child Justice Week, it is crucial to spread the word about this groundbreaking legislation. The Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022, is not just a legal document; it is a blueprint for building a brighter tomorrow. Thanks to the dedication of the Child Justice Forum (CJF), who protect and advocate for children’s rights, the Code empowers us to create a society where children are safe, cherished, and given the opportunities they deserve.

So, have you heard of the Children’s Code Act, No. 12 of 2022? It is more than just words on paper; it is a promise to our children, a commitment to their rights, and a pledge to safeguard their future. Let us stand together and make it a reality for every child in Zambia.

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