UNICEF and MoH celebrate Café Parenting month program 2023

UNICEF and MoH celebrate Café Parenting month program 2023

Photo Tatoli/Jose De Sa

DILI, 23 june 2023 (TATOLI)- United Nations Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Minister of Health (MoH) celebrated Café Parenting Day 2023 to raise happy, healthy, and hopeful children.

UNICEF Officer in Charge, Ainhoa Jaureguibeitia said the objective of this meeting is to share information on the good behavior of parents and others to promote children’s physical and mental development through children’s communication and socialization.

“UNICEF defines parental as a manner of promoting process to support children development through children socialization to rising children happy, healthy and be hopeful children,’’ UNICEF officer in charge, Ainhoa Jaureguibeitia said to the journalists in the UN compound, Caicoli, friday.

She added UNICEF defined that Parental is not only considering biological parents as father or mother, However, parenting is including of carriages, relatives, societies, and others.

This program is required to promote a good and polite manner of communication between children and parents at home and also communication at the community level.

“I believe this the people who always take care of children want all the best for their children. They want their children to go to school, eat nutritious meals, play and feel happy in their life and also children can have hope in the future,’’ She said

Minister of Health, Odete Da Silva Viegas said that it is an important event to help parents to create good communication with their children.

“I hope parents can use their free time to have interaction with children. It will help promotes children’s mentality and knowledge on talking with other people at home and also in this school,’’ She said

MoH appreciates for UNICEF program which is in coordination with government relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Social solidary and Inclusion (MSSI) and also the Minister of Health and INDICA.

Based of UNICEF data shows that:

  • 50% old children aged 5 years old suffered from stunting caused by chronic malnutrition. Only 5% of can access mother breastfeeding in six months.
  • There are 67.688 or 16% of Children with age 5 to 17 years old doing an activity of child labor and dropping out of school, otherwise, they are living in dangerous situations.
  • 25% of children are going to basic school. It means that 75% of children who are eligible for preschool lost the opportunity for early school opportunity and can be stimulated that children can lose their early interaction and playing at an early age.
  • 59% with age 15 to 49 years old mostly suffer from violence against girls and women physical and sexual abuse.

The parenting program activity was implemented by UNICEF in coordination with the Minister of Social Solidary and Inclusion in last 2016, which was first initiated in Viqueque and Ermera municipalities and this program is expanding to all municipalities across the territories of Timor-Leste.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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