The project aims to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized children, including children with disabilities, in Somaliland from multiple child protection risks and harms by building a child protection system that will be truly owned by the communities but will also have a strong link to relevant national laws and policies e.g. the Child Rights Act, the National Plan of Action for Children, the Child Protection Policy and the Alternative Care Policy, and the envisaged formal structures envisaged by these normative frameworks.
The project’s approach will apply a bottom-up approach by ensuring that women/men and girls/boys themselves identify key child protection issues in their communities through participatory community dialogues, awareness-raising sessions, and child-led research. Communities’ capacities to identify and respond to potential risks of abuse, violence, harm, and neglected will be a critical focus of the action. Work with religious leaders, influential people, and parents and caregivers will be important in order to catalyze community willingness to prevent and respond to child protection risks and concerns. As stated in the convention on the rights of the children article: 15. (1) States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. (2) No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of these rights other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (order public), the protection of public health or morals or the Protection of the rights and freedoms of others. As enlighten in article 15 of CRC, the establishment of child rights clubs is an inherent right of the children which has its own weight and children to be enjoyed as other rights of the children such as; education rights etc.
Establishment of child right groups/clubs play a great role for participation rights of the children, this is because when children get access to meet each other they share their concern collectively. In addition to that establishment of child rights clubs empowers the children to claim rights collectively. In the light of this, the establishment of child rights clubs is based on the convention on the rights of the children. Its process and platform that children get access to for establishing their forums and counsels to share their concerns freely. Therefore, the formation of child rights clubs is very important to work which requires us to give its respect and weight. Furthermore, an establishment of child rights clubs is a right-based approach because as stated in article 13 children have the right to form their organizations.
The objective of the establishment and strengthening of child-led structures is to empower children to claim their rights collectively and give a platform where children get access to establish their forums and counsels to share their concerns freely.
·Enhanced their knowledge and skills on child rights and child protection at school and community level
·Familiarizes with their mandate including rules and responsibilities
·Aware Save the Children child safeguarding policy and code of conduct
·23 child Right Clubs Established effectively and efficiently in best interest of the children.
·Empowered children to get a platform to express issue that concerns their lives freely
·Increased the knowledge of children to protect themselves from violations and abuses that can harm their lives
·Children are motive wheel and change agents of their lives.
Participants who attended the training fully understood the training contents and therefore, pledged to apply urgently.
Participants already listed the challenges and also listed their recommendations.
The participants were fully comprehensive of the entire process of CRG structure and responsibilities, what action they do in each step.
Participants outlined violations against children in CPS target locations and what action will be taken.
Participants fully understood the Ilaa linta Caruurta project.
Participants appreciated the methodology used by the facilitators and thanked YOVENCO & SCI for their contribution to protecting children.
The participants contrasted these following challenges;
Lack of coordination between group members
Little knowledge of responsibilities and structures of CRGs
Limited life-skill Training limited of training and motivational meeting from the authorities, INGO, and NGOs.
·The CRGs need more training to enhance their capacity to work in school and child protection.
·The CRG management should increase their activities and commitment.
·The meeting of the CRG should be increased.
·The participants requested the CRG structures manual to study it and share it with other members.
·Government, INGOs, LNGOs must encourage CRGs and support them financially.
For more detailed information please contact the project officer.
Name : Ayan Mohamed Ahmed
Title: program manager