Nyamasheke: Students enlightened on 'child rights'
Students of Bunyenga Secondary School in Nyamasheke District, were on Wednesday tutored on rights of children and urged to break silence on any sort of child abuse they experience or witness.
The District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Nyamasheke, Inspector of Police (IP) Philippe Abizeye told the students that they have the right to basic needs like education, to know or have parents, healthcare and shelter, among others.
"Corporal punishment of any sort, denying you education, hard labour activities, luring you in sexual or drug related malpractices are all examples of child abuse," IP Abizeye said.
He further enlightened them on various laws related to child protection.
The DCLO also urged them to desist from abusing illicit drugs and taking alcoholic beverages.
Under the law, alcoholic drinks are prohibited to persons under 18 years and anyone that offers alcoholic beverages to anyone in this age blacket is also prosecuted," he said.
Article 219 of the penal code stipulates that “any person who offers or sells alcoholic beverages or tobacco to a child or involves him/her in the sale of such products shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of at least three months but less than six months and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf1 million or one of these penalties.”
IP Abizeye further reminded them of their community policing rights to report drug dealers and other people involved in criminal activities.
“The threat of illicit drugs is real; they destroy your health and your future.
Innocent Mupenzi, the headmaster of Bunyenga secondary school thanked Rwanda National Police for educating children on their rights
“It helps the children to be aware for their rights, fight for them and makes them responsible and focused people," Mupenzi said.
Students also vowed to report any unlawful or criminal acts they witness or face including child abuse.