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Our Philosophy

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood believes that social development is a necessary precursor to achieve sustainable and equitable economic growth and development in Egypt. Social development focuses on the human dimensions of development and on the individual as the ultimate objective of all development endeavors and interventions.

In society, individuals belong to and are organized into smaller units and building blocks, families. Families constitute the foundation and backbone of society. A typical nuclear family consists of the father, mother and children. By virtue of its mandate, NCCM focuses on childhood and motherhood. However, NCCM is conscious of the fact that members of a family are typically interdependent, such that the level of education, health, culture, occupation and earning capacity of one member ultimately reflects on the entire family.

NCCM believes that social development should view each individual within this intricate and intertwined set of relations and not isolate him or her from this reality. In addition, NCCM believes that social development needs to consider individuals within the broader context of their immediate environments and sub-cultures.

Much of Egypt’s future social and economic growth and development hinges on the current welfare of children, how they are nurtured, raised, educated and how they are prepared to become responsible citizens.

NCCM believes that childhood - spanning from birth up till the age of eighteen- represents a crucial stage in the human life cycle when much of an individual’s values, character, skills, knowledge, and aspirations are shaped.

It is from this standpoint that NCCM considers children as the key to the advancement and future prosperity of the country. Thus addressing problems facing children requires looking at children within the context of their immediate families and broader environments and sub-cultures. Such considerations are integral in NCCM’s policy-making, planning and implementation with regards to childhood.

In targeting children, NCCM focuses on disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized children. These include children living in poverty, out-of school children, children working below the minimum legal age, street children, disabled children and other children living in difficult circumstances. A priority consideration for NCCM is achieving greater gender and geographical equity. NCCM thus gives high priority to the rights of the girl child including her rights to nutrition, health care and education as well as her rights to protection from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse including FGM, child labor and early marriage.



 
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