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Watoto Watunzwe Program

April Holiday Family Fun Day.

 

Theme: Child Protection is the whole community’s responsibility.

 

‘Children are a heritage from the Lord, a gift from him’. Psalms 127:3

 

April 23rd – Kitale Dioceses

 

April 30th –Malindi Dioceses

1. OBJECTIVE

Ending the abuse, neglect and exploitation of Children in our country is everyone’s responsibility.  This events’ aim is to bring together the parents, teachers,guardians,siblings and local community in recognition that “Child protection is everyone’s responsibility”. Children are the most vulnerable in our homes and community. Itis our responsibility as adults to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children. This is a God given responsibility.

The Commission for Education and Religious Education (CERE) in partnership with African Banking Corporation (ABC) welcomes everyone – especially those who work with children and young people on a daily basis – to join us on this fun-filled day. Together we can celebrate our role within the community to ensure children are properly nurtured, safe and living a life free from harm.

2. TARGET AUDIENCE

Children of all ages, parents, teachers, farmers, tourists, all local Stakeholders (Fishing industry, Boda-Boda Operators, Matatu Sacco’s and crews, hotel industry staff, beach management staff, Government, Police,Judiciary, Children services) and the general community not mentioned.

3. WHO’S INVOLVED

Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Commission for Education and Religious Education, Catholic Justice and Peace, Dioceses of Kitale and Malindi, The Africa Development Bank, schools, Parents, caregivers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, domestic workers, academics, celebrities, faith-based organizations, public servants, police, traditional leaders and political leaders, etc. All those involved have important roles to play in protecting children from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. The efforts will inform citizens of the prevention and early intervention programmes of supporting departments and agencies.

 

4. BLUE RIBBON

EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO WEAR A BLUE RIBBON THROUGHOUT APRIL THE CHILD PROTECTION MONTH.

The Blue Ribbon demonstrates your commitment and support to protecting the rights of children. The Blue Ribbon can also be displayed and promoted on publications, advertisements, websites, emails, posters etc. to demonstrate the organizations’ commitment to creating a safe and secure environment for our children

 

5. THEME AND MESSAGES

The campaign theme is: Child Protection is the whole community’s responsibility. “It takes a community to raise a child.”

 

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea”. Mathew 18:6

 

6. GETTING INVOLVED

a)            Facilitate children to appreciate themselves as children created in the image and likeness of God.

b)            Facilitate activities that will help children know their faith better and boost their self-esteem and confidence.

c)            Wear the Blue Ribbon and show support to protecting the rights of our Children.

d)            Be an active participant and partner in the promotion of the rights, care and protection of the child.

e)            Get to know and understand the Children’s Act, and participate in the activities and dialogues of Child Protection Month.

f)             Volunteers you are urged to use your expertise and services in households, communities and professional environments.

g)            Educate children on the Children’s Act. Encourage them to know and understand their rights.

h)           Put an email banner as signature on all your emails to demonstrate your commitment to child protection.

i)             Publish the campaign logo as your Facebook photo as part of your commitment to child protection.

j)             All parents, guardians and older members of the community please look out for one another’s children.

k)            Report Child Abuse to authorities.

7. For more information, pleaseContact

Augusta Muthigani,

National Executive Secretary

Commission for Education &Religious Education

Waumini House, Chiromo Road, Westlands

P.O. Box 13475-00800

Tel: 0700649340/0722-731416

augusta@catholicchurch.or.ke

 

 

 

 

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