Thursday, July 6, 2017

Child club graduates from across Nepal meet in Kathmandu

Four organisations led by child club graduates including Yuwalaya organised a two-day National Consultation of Child Club Graduates in Kathmandu this week.

Changa Foundation, Creation Society Nepal, JCYCN and Yuwalaya successfully concluded the first ever National Consultation of Child Club Graduates on July 1 and 2 at the Staff College in Jawalakhel of Lalitpur. 

The main objectives of this programme were to gather child club graduates and discuss among them prevailing issues and role of CCGs in the society to restrengthen the child rights movement; and to advocate with stakeholders to capitalise on skills, expertise and experience of child club graduates. 

Total 118 child club  graduates from 55 districts had gathered to be the part of this historic event. 

During the event, total 12 panel discussions had been held involving 27 experts.

The topics covered in the discussion were:- 
1.     Reinforcing child participation in local governance and planning process
2.     Defending rights of migrant children and migrants' children
3.     Countering violence against children
4.     Mitigating online harm
5.     Exploring sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
6.     Role of CCGs in youth movement
7.     Role of CCGs in strengthening child club movement in Nepal
8.     Promotion of school as zone of peace
9.     Child rights in sustainable development goals (SDGs)
10. Child-centric disaster risk reduction
11. Child participation in family and community
12. Ending child marriage by 2030

The event concluded by issuing a 19-point Lalitpur Declaration which includes issues, demands and commitments of the participants. 

The Declaration was handed over to the Chairperson of Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare Committee in the Parliament, Ranju Kumari Jha. She assured to work on the demands raised by participants and expressed her commitment to involve children and child club graduates in future during the legislation formulation process.

The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and UNICEF-Nepal had extended support to organise the event.

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