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MSU enters child rights and services agreement with UNICEF

by commuadmin

Commutalk Reporter

GWERU: The Midlands State University (MSU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNICEF, to create a platform for the generation and sharing of knowledge on children and child rights.

The MOU, signed in Gweru today, will create a pathway for research, innovation and services on children’s rights and build the capacity to advocate and influence the policy and legislative environment for improved investments for children.

“As we sign this MoU, we are creating a formal framework to promote research and evidence generation to inform policy and practice and facilitate dialogue on topical issues impacting children and the economy. It will also allow us to continue advocating for the furtherance of the rights and wellbeing of children in Zimbabwe,” said Dr Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF representative at the signing ceremony.

The agreement also seeks to promote and enhance cooperation among relevant stakeholders including the government, academia, development partners, private sector, and civil society, to combine knowledge, capacities and expertise in developing innovative policy options fit for the country’s context to improve the lives of the children of Zimbabwe

The university expressed its commitment to advancing the objectives of the MOU.

“Indeed, the MOU captures the aspirations of the Midlands State University as we forge ahead to becoming a key player in supporting the Government in its implementation of the National Development agenda,” said MSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Victor Muzvidziwa.

The opportunities being presented before us today through this MOU are timely and limitless. I want to reiterate that we are committed to the collaboration and success, and we shall register in those areas of agreed interests,” he added.

UNICEF has played an integral role in fostering children’s services and rights in Zimbabwe.

Research in various themes, including child rights, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, education, social protection, social policy, and child empowerment, will go a long way in creating opportunities for interventions and advocacy.

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