The Extent of children rights upholding in Chinhoyi. A case of Chikonohono and Gadzema high density suburbs
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The study focused on measuring the extent to which children are accorded their rights in Chinhoyi high density suburbs of Chikonohono and Gadzema. Children rights have been negated due to social and economic factors that surround many communities in Zimbabwe. The study utilised case study design with a sample of 60 children under study. Stratified and systematic sampling methods were used by the researcher. The data was collected using interviews and focus group discussions and results were presented using tables, pie charts and graphs. The results obtained shows that concerted efforts by the stakeholders in the children rights field in Chinhoyi high densities of Chikonohono and Gadzema have yielded knowledge concerning their rights to education, family, freedom of expression and right to be heard. However, in the face of social and economic factors it has resulted in the surge of various problems such as neglect, abuse, child labour among other factors. Furthermore, the research findings demonstrated that most of the children are failing to realise their rights due to limited resources that have characterised most families due to sudden downturn of the economy in the past decade. Hence, there is need for continued monitoring and evaluation of social institutions to ensure that children rights are upheld. The researcher also recommended that information centres should be established, children rights taskforce, resource mobilisation committees and strengthening of the existing legislations that promote the upholding of children rights should be the dimension that Zimbabwe should establish in ensuring that a well- informed child friendly atmosphere is formed.