GNI Nepal’s Child Protection Program in Darchula District focuses primarily on child club empowerment: helping them to amplify their voices and making them capable of claiming their rights.
Twenty-two school based child clubs that were formed with the initiation of GNI Nepal during 2013-2014 AD were reformed in March-April 2017. GNI Nepal aims at establishing at least one robust and active child club in each six working clusters in the district. These child clubs will play pivotal roles in minimizing child protection issues in the communities.
For capacitating child club members, a three-day child rights & child protection training program was organized in the Darchula District headquarter from 21-23 August, 2017. It included sessions on child rights & child protection, UNCRC, constitutional provisions on child rights in Nepal, child protection issues in the district, roles of child clubs in child issues mitigation, local level child protection mechanism, and complaint box installation. Participants included twenty-two members from 11 child clubs, six volunteers and one community based organizations (CBO) member. Box and stationery were provided to 13 school based child clubs to ease their meetings and support timely execution of planned activities. Complaint boxes were provided to 11 child clubs for installing them at their respective schools so that hidden complaints, grievances and problems collection can increase and they can be acted on.
Workshops for child club members on child rights and child protection were conducted from 4-7 September, 2017. One hundred and seven members of 12 child clubs, six volunteers, five teachers and one CBO member participated in the workshops. Representative of child clubs shared learning from child protection training organized earlier. The workshop mainly focused on child protection issues prevalent in their communities and roles of child clubs in solving them. Each participating child club prepared and presented its action plan. Participants made commitments for implementation of their planned activities.
GNI Nepal has been sensitizing community members on child rights and child protection and giving a large audience to the child clubs in the district through weekly radio programs.