" There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace. "
The mobilization of civil society groups towards advocating for and working to promote child rights is another aspect of the programme. The civil society group plays the role on the one hand, acting as the guardian for all child related activities and issues in the community and on the other advocating for and contributing to the implementation of child development and protection measures. Community activity is accomplished through the capacitating of the civil society to become professionally qualified to work towards restoring child rights and children are empowered to stand for the promotion and protection of their own rights through a series of well planned, tried and tested activities, extending far beyond the activities usually introduced in child clubs.
The activity guide used in the child clubs includes step by step grooming for the empowerment of children, enabling them to stand up for the protection and promotion of their rights and developing the necessary leadership skills. Targeting children within the age groups of 6 – 11 years, 12- 15 years and 16 – 18 years, this guidebook contains activities to suit the physical and mental capacities of children at various levels. Today, we are already gaining recognition amongst government and nongovernmental organizations for our effective child club activities.
The Child Rights Protection and Promotion (CRPP) Programme
We also possess the professional knowledge and capacity in handling early childhood care and development, child development, and child rights protection and promotion and have been in the field for over 10 years. We are currently working directly through the civil society which has been capacitated in all related subject areas. It also should be mentioned that FISD’s ground knowledge in the selected locations and the availability of resources to gather information, where necessary, would contribute to the effective function of the programme. Finally, as unlike many other organizations prevalent in the working areas, we do not handle child protection issues in isolation, but take a more holistic approach, we expect that our CRPP programme be effective in creating healthy and sustainable living conditions for children.