National Children’s Education and Development Camp Ends in Kakata
Margibi County: A four day National Children’s Education and Development (NACED) Camp organized by the Right Holders Network of Liberia in collaboration with the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum has ended in Kakata City Margibi County.
The event which took place at the American Corner Library on the campus of the Booker T. Washington Institute recently brought together about one hundred children between the ages of 14 and 23 and were drawn from approximately fourteen of Liberia’s fifteen Counties including host Margibi held under the theme “Strengthening evidence-based advocacy; promoting the use of ICT by children”.
The Speaker of the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum Jutomue Doetein at the end of the event told this paper that the gathering geared towards giving participants more understanding on children protection especially in the area of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and how they can use it to advocate and do other things such as children protection.
Jutomue disclosed that it is important for children to understand the use of ICT due to the current trend of the world towards technology use on communication and mobilize people to take action in creating social change.
He is of the hope that participants of the four days event will serve as Ambassadors on children’s issues, especially violence and abuses against children, in raising alarms in their communities and counties respectively.
He added that participants are influential and have been using technology to communicate while the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum has structures in the fifteen Counties thus making it easier for them to share knowledge with their colleagues to be able to take action in making sure there is a change for children.
However, Jutomue envisions a world where children are educated, healthy, participating in decision that affects them, children are protected under the laws adding that there is a need for government’s action to ensure children enjoys the accorded priviliges.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the Right Holders Network of Liberia and lead organizer of the event Ballah Flomo Saywala said the gathering was intended to build the capacity of those he referred to as young change makers to ensure whatever advocacy they endeavor to undertake must be evidence based and not sentimental.
Mr. Saywala stated that participants were able to bring on board their own ideas aimed at crafting national advocacy plan to ensure that the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum that is in the fifteen Counties and the Right Holders Network of Liberia that is expected to be established in the fifteen Counties can come together to have a national agenda to be able to amplify the voices of Liberian children.
He added that such policy will be able to reflect the situation children across Liberia are faced with especially those that are in the rural parts of the Country and insure that such situation can be taken to the national scene.
The Liberian youth further indicated that the national children education and development camp is not only a gathering for merry making but a capacity building initiative that when their advocacies leave they can go back to their various communities as change makers and ambassadors.
Ballah Flomo Saywala then said the Right Holders Network of Liberia is partnering with the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum and Kids Development Initiative in ensuring that the issue of speaking on the rights of children is not consider as a unilateral struggle but a collective endeavor that requires the effort of every Liberian be it old or young and to be able to recognize that the rights of the children are human rights.
According to him, the collaborating Organizations want to ensure children do not beg for their rights but society sees it as a must to be able to protect and promote the rights of children.
He meanwhile said their plan is that the national children education and development camp as an annual event can be rotational to insure that the views and situations of children who are in rural part of Liberia can be reflected.