CHILD EMPOWERMENT – Archive1

 

  

The child rights convention, and child protection laws are well attended and most of the governments and UN agencies have highlighted the importance of the “safe living of the children “ worldwide, but in reality it is noted that the situation at least of a segment of children is not falling under the convention. In this article RAHAMA tries to trace some important issues, what we have experienced in Poonery Division in Kilinochchi District where we have established cooperation with the Education Department and the related Government agencies to improve the living condition of the children who are members of the resettlement communities returned after the end of war. Action on child development initiated by RAHAMA in other 3 districts are on specific themes such as Child Cooperatives. The problems faced by children Problems of children persisting in the operational area of RAHAMA are diverse and based on different root causes. Most of the families complain about the inadequate income levels to look after the children, although the NGOs, UN system and government agencies take conspicuous effort to improve the conditions of the children in particular in the resettlement areas. From the surveys and investigations carried out revealed that one key factor for higher rate of school drop out is the eagerness of children to go for income earning avenues. Reasons are partly due to the demand for labour which is in the increasing trend and partly due to the income poverty. These kind of labour involvement is also bringing other dangers for the children, like they easily fall pray to be a victims by the drug or alcohol users in the area. Damaged Pre school buildings, Moderate academic levels of pre school teachers and marginal attention of parental societies are some of the problems affecting Pre school programmes in areas being covered by RAHAMA. Provincial councils and other state driven Departments have made available provisions to meet major part of operation with the budgets yet parents have to find solutions for renovations etc.Under the above circumstances, RAHAMA also with the consent of District authorities take steps to increase access to quality basic education for vulnerable children and to improve kindergarten facilities through improved mediation of parents and the community. Through these processes the project encouraged more community ownership and participation of different stakeholders including the government and non-governmental. Strategic partners. The program ensured the children to attend education centres/ schools without any interruptions.Click here to Read More