DAY 1

Child Participation Education Health The Internet
More platforms that allow child participation should be created
More books should be provided in schools so that children can read more
Free medical attention should be provided to children
The government should regulate & restrict access to the forinternet children
Gender equality should be enacted to enable empowerment for both girls and boys. Girls have the “Sky Girls” platform but boys do not.
Establishment of bigger classrooms to create more space for learning
Children counselors that can relate to their issues should be put in place
Children should privatize their accounts and report unruly behavior seen online
Government should ensure children are handled responsibly when they make mistakes (Example: Child canned 107 times in a Kenyan school).
Provision of a safer environment for children to live in
Create awareness on some diseases
Children should be careful in looking at the regulations and guidelines online.
Create awareness on child participation and other children’s rights.
Adults need to be talked to stop abusing children
Create awareness on some cultural practices that harm children
The government should establish a safe space for children in society.
Provision of clean water and food at school
Construct dispensaries in rural areas for easier access to health
Counselors should be put in place
Government should ensure there are adequate resources in schools as education is a very key priority to African children
Children should be allowed to play so that they can stay healthy
Children should be included in advocacy for children e.g. in NGOs
Children should be corrected in a more friendly way rather than being harassed and arrested
Set policies to medical personnel who practice discrimination in health centers
Children do not want to be seen as passive recipients in decision making and every aspect of life that affects them
Children should be enlightened on the dangers of early pregnancies so that they can study first and attain a mature age
Freedom of speech- children need to express themselves
Child trafficking should stop
Children with special needs should be given a special assistance
The government should provide free education for all
Adapt to the fast- changing environment
Ensure there is the same curriculum for everybody so that they do not feel left out in learning what their fellows learn

Child Participation

  • Children stated that some of the importance of child participation include:
  • Children are actively involved to identify and participate in matters affecting them
  • Children are able to address the challenges they face as they grow
  • It enables inclusivity for all children in both rural and urban areas

  • More platforms that allow child participation should be created 
  • Gender equality should be enacted to enable empowerment for both girls and boys. Girls have the  “Sky Girls” platform but boys do not.
  • Government should ensure children are handled responsibly when they make mistakes (Example: Child canned 107 times in a Kenyan school).
  • Create awareness on child participation and other children’s rights.
  • The government should establish a safe space for children in society.
  • Counselors should be put in place

  • Toll-free hotlines like 116 and government services that deal with children have to be made known to children so that they can know where to run to when they need help
  • Views from children should be taken seriously
  • Police and organizations should look out for children, especially during political protests. A child said that during protests children get harmed and nobody cares about their well-being.
  • Children should have their own insurance

education

Discussion on 4as

Ideal and quality education:

  • Needs to be free
  • Should have adequate infrastructure for children
  • Should incorporate the right to participation
  • Should offer quality learning

reasons why children goes to school:

  • To interact with their fellow children and teachers
  • To build a good foundation for future careers
  • To acquire knowledge and skills to better themselves and know what is good and bad in betterment for their future
  • To earn respect from the society
  • To identify their talents

DAY 2

Violence Against Children Climate change. Media and Technology. Access to the Justice
Number of counselors should be increased for children
Reducing the use of plastic bags since they lead to environmental pollution
Media should bring more educative content
The police should be trained on child handling skills
Enforcement of security
Encouraging crop diversity
Protect children from pornography
Children should be given time to meet policy makers to present their concerns
Children should be provided with reasonable punishment in schools
Reducing the use of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and petroleum which acts as a huge contributor to climate change
Media and technology consumed by children should be regulated
Proper record keeping to ensure data is available to inform policy and decision making
Government should take action against people who propagate violence against children
Starting campaigns on the disadvantages of environmental pollution and climate change
Media should be more upright
Action should be strongly taken against the police who ask for bribes to help children
Using micro- filters
Reducing the production of wooden materials that promote deforestation, and instead producing mechanical pencils made using metallic metals
Making electric cars
Producing sulfur oils instead of ordinary oils used by cars

COMMENTS FROM GUESTS

Hon. El Jera

Hon. El Jera said that the committee on the rights and welfare of the child is there to listen to the children's issues

Hon. Sidiku

Hon. Sidiku echoed Bob Marley's Song “stand up for your rights” . She expressed her joy with the children of Africa and said that rights are not given, you have to grab it. Additionally, She said she hopes children have grabbed their rights on the rights and welfare of the child

Hon Jaffe

Hon Jaffe said that he will engage with the government and criticize them on the rights of children. He also said he will engage the government to discuss more budget for children’s healthcare. He then went ahead to congratulate the girls in his group for how they spoke up about their difficult issues

Dr. Najat

Dr. Najat said that children have a wonderful capacity for resilience and therefore they have to be listened to. She echoed Dr. Jaffe’s comment where she said “Children are not a problem to solve, they are a strong capital to invest on”