Children’s rights include health, education, family life, play and recreation, adequate living standards, and protection from abuse and harm. Children’s rights cover their developmental and age-appropriate needs that change over time as a child grows up.
To this day, thousands of children in our communities dreams BIG dream — not just for their families, but for their country.
Our approach aimed at empowering communities to protect every child in their communities from harmful practices. The establishment of community-based child protection mechanisms such as child protection committees gives the community skills and ownership of their responsibility to protect the right of the children in their community.
For a common understanding of how to set up community-based child protection mechanisms in line with minimum humanitarian standards and other developed guidelines, CADEF organized discussions with girls and boys in different age groups: primary school-aged children, and younger and older adolescents. Girls and boys were asked to provide the names of persons in the community to whom they address when they encounter problems. The names were cross-checked and lists of the most frequently nominated persons were generated. These could be community members as young as 19 years old. The names were also cross-checked with the community chiefs, as well as with the nominated persons themselves.
Subsequently, the list of persons nominated by children was presented in a community assembly meeting during which the role and functions of the (CCPC) is explained to the community. Importantly, the CCPC members and the community were informed that this role was on a voluntary basis. involved the representatives of service providers in this exercise to establish their initial contact and linkage with the community child protection committee in working on child protection issues. In the communities where displaced people were hosted, CADEF ensured that internally displaced people (IDP) were represented in the nominees for the CCPC membership
the role of the CCPC members includes;
- To identify vulnerable girls and boys in communities eligible for case management services provided by a child protection organization.
- To sensitize communities and raise awareness of children’s rights and protection.
- To mobilize community-level activity to realize children’s rights and protection