Guest post by Dinis
Dinis, 13, is the children’s representative from Mozambique’s Gondola district where ChildFund operates. Last week, he addressed government officials at the African Child Policy Forum, which examined how African governments are performing with regard to budgeting for children’s needs.
Children need more budget. The schools we have are not enough. Not only are our schools far away from home, they are without any [restroom] facilities. Students are crowded in class but teachers are few.
We children are exposed to abuse because our schools are far from our homes. Girls face rape [when they walk far distances], and boys are forced to do farming around home [instead of attending school].
All these problems are because the government didn’t budget enough for us. It is time for government to give us priority and budget for us. We need to be educated to receive tomorrow’s Mozambique.
Increase our school facilities and the number of teachers. Please put emphasis on quality education, train our parents and include the disabled.