MPEDH launched Regional trainings on Child Protection Policy for CSO’s within the framework of COSOC-GL

MPEDH with the support of the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFIL) launched the series of training for CSOs which started in Kampala, Uganda held at Ark Building from 7th -10th December, 2018 under Child Protection.  CSO trained are members of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations against illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes’ Region (COSOC-GL).

GROUP PHOTO: Showing Participants that attended the training

The Training was attended by 10 members of the CSOs as well as members of the media were part of the project implemented by MPEDH and supported by the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFIL).  The goal of the project is to promote child rights by training representatives of CSOs from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda who are members of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations against the illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region (COSOC-GL www.cosoc-gl.org).

The training was facilitated by Mr. Businge Anthony, a Consultant working with the Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA).  Mr. Businge noted that children are one of the vulnerable groups of people who require special protection from all institutions in the society. He observed that every child is potentially at risk of abuse and exploitation and that some girls or boys may be more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation due to various forms of discrimination relating to their physical, socio-economic status, gender, disability or living conditions’ situation.

PHOTO Above: Consultant BUSINGE Anthony training session.

The concept “CHILD ABUSE” was elaborated more by Mr. Businge who noted that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Child abuse” or “maltreatment” constitutes ‘all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power. A Child with disabilities may be at increased risk of abuse through various factors such as stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, isolation and a powerlessness to protect themselves or adequately communicate the abuse that has occurred.

Mr. Businge  further noted that although countries in the Great Lakes’ Region have ratified and signed numerous international conventions, declarations  and or treaties on human rights, education, labour, disabilities and refugees which among others include; the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) with its two Optional Protocols on children in armed conflict and on trafficking of children, child prostitution and child pornography as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) as well as made strides in implementing child protection initiatives such as the formulation of the child protection national training curriculums like for the case of Uganda, there is a need for the adoption of the Child Protection Policy (CPP) by CSOs as well as the  Public and Private Institutions such as schools, churches, hospitals and private companies which must all take into consideration the particular rights of children when it comes to working with them or for them.

The training was also energized by the presentations from Mr. Tumwesigye Robert Baganda and Mr. Twebaze Paul, all from Pro-biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda (PROBICOU) who   assured the participants that adoption of the Child Protection Policy (CPP) is fundamental because it will always remind them of the rights of children such as the right to food/nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, psychosocial support as well as the right to education among others.








PHOTOs Above : Robert Twemwesigye and Paul Twebaze presented and assurred adoption of Child protection policy within the framework of ‘’PROBICOU’’

All the participants resolved to pursue the adoption of the Child Protection Policy (CPP) in their respective organizations and also promised to always listen and be calm to children, believe in children and never to blame them, reaffirm and be supportive to children, educate the children on what is best for them as well report any abuse to children including sexual abuse.

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Cyprien Birhingingwa Mugaboon11.12.18wrote:

I congratulate MPEDH colleagues for this very commendable initiative. It is imperative that COSOC-GL CSOs be further trained on the issue of children in mines in the Great Lakes Region, which is an important element of the integrity of the responsible mineral supply chain. . The issue of women is also important in terms of the risks of abuse and sexual exploitation to which they are exposed.

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