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Children To Become Advocates Against Child Rights Violations

The Children’s Forum is a way of ensuring that children have a say in the CRSA and that they also inform Save the Children’s priority focus areas for the next
14 Dec 2018 10:00
Children To Become Advocates Against Child Rights Violations
The young participants with various stakeholders inside the Fiji Red Cross Society hall in Lautoka on December 13, 2018. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The Children’s Forum is a way of ensuring that children have a say in the CRSA and that they also inform Save the Children’s priority focus areas for the next five years: Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer

 

At least 30 children in the Western Division will now be advocates to addressing issues relating to child rights violations in Fiji.

The group, whose members range between ages 13 and 18, were part of a Children’s Forum and were hosted by Save the Children Fiji and the Canadian Fund.

They attended the final day of the forum at the Fiji Red Cross Society hall in Lautoka yesterday after being awarded certificates for participation. Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer, Iris Low-McKenzie said in the past two months, Save the Children Fiji has been conducting a Child Rights Situational Analysis (CRSA) to inform its Strategic Plan for the next five years.

“The CRSA examines the country context as well as the situation of the children in areas such as Health and Education,” she said.

“The Children’s Forum is a way of ensuring that children have a say in the CRSA and that they also inform Save the Children’s priority focus areas for the next five years.”

She said the forum would now allow the children to raise their concerns on issues relating to violation of children’s rights in Fiji.

“The Children’s Forum will present some of the initial findings from the CRSA to the children and an opportunity for the children to take a deep dive into thinking about what is needed to address some of the child rights violations in Fiji and how stakeholders should be addressing these issues,” she said.

“Some of the issues that have been portrayed in the CRSA include bullying, unequal treatment of girls, boys and children with disabilities and quality education and the need for parents.”

“It is encouraging to see the strong messages from the children and for Save the Children this is a vital part of our strategic plan process to include children and hear from them on what they think are priority areas that should be addressed.”

Similar forums will take place in the Northern Division on December 17 and 18 and finishing off in the Central Division on December 20 and 21. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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