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Queen Rania calls for prioritising child welfare

By JT - Dec 18,2012 - Last updated at Dec 18,2012

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday attended part of a workshop to review the “National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) 2004–2013” evaluation outcomes ahead of the launch of a new action plan next year.

The plan is part of the National Council on Family Affairs’ (NCFA) work on child welfare in Jordan, according to a statement released by Her Majesty’s office.

Commending all partnerships that ensured the successes of the NPAC, the Queen lauded the NCFA’s relentless efforts and campaigning on behalf of Jordanian children and their welfare.

Her Majesty also focused on the need to keep child welfare at the top of national development priorities.

Workshop participants reviewed the outcomes of the NPAC monitoring and evaluation (M&E) report and the challenges highlighted in it, the statement said.

They also discussed the recommendations and measures proposed to improve children’s welfare in the Kingdom.

NCFA Secretary General Reem Abu Hassan briefed the workshop on the NPAC and its M&E report.

Highlighting the importance of the plan, Abu Hassan stressed the value of continuously monitoring and evaluating it for early detection of pitfalls and in order to face challenges as they arise.

The NCFA, UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation were the main partners in producing the plan in 2002, and Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania officially launched it in 2004. The NPAC goal is to provide decision makers and practitioners with a framework to consult when formulating policies on issues of child welfare.

The M&E report was conducted recently to examine the main outcomes and shortfalls of the NPAC.

The report revealed that the application of the multi-stakeholder approach, as well as the involvement of the different counterparts, led to a more concentrated emphasis on core issues from the different sectors, according to the statement.

It also indicated that the NPAC supported the main Jordanian and international charters pertaining to human and child rights.

Internationally, the plan highlights the Kingdom’s leading role in its child welfare programmes, which pushed many different countries to draw on the Jordanian experience, the statement said.

Amongst many outcomes, the NPAC is credited for a decrease in child, infant and maternal mortality rates in Jordan. It also resulted in an increase in the number of kindergarten classrooms across the Kingdom, from 203 in 2004 to 959 in 2012.

Input from the different sectors was included in the report, including children, civil society organisations, international organisations, and the public and private sectors.

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