Our Child Rights Strategic Approach
BIDCAF has endeavored to keep this interventions in line with the realities of development, and
is ready to partner (public-private partnerships) with efforts that seek to protect and promote children rights and
have impact developmental changes in targeted communities.
Our approach can be broadly categorized as:
Monitor the rights and Identify the violated right(s) and it's deep-rooted problem(s)
Mobilise local or grassroot communities, through interactions, dialogues, workshops and/or trainings and make them aware of their due entitlements to child rights protection.
Create Awareness through various mediums of communication and participate in networks to lobby for child-friendly community-based policies.
Partner and Link with Organised Service Providers, and share impact and capacities in addressing issues that affect children and their families.
Lobby Public Support to generate funds and resources for contributing to creating an environment in which children enjoy their basic rights and Enable Change.
Children Rights Advocacy
• We stand up for and with children (socially, economically, and legally), and help to inform communities and their decision-makers about children's rights (i.e. right: to a identification/name, to education, to play, to medical care & treatment, enough nutritious food, clean water, safe shelter/home, speak own language, learn about and enjoy own culture, to be protected from danger, not do work they can't manage/cheap worker, not to be hurt/neglected, not to be used as soldier in wars, to know their rights & responsibilities).
• We encourage children to actively take part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and motivate / encourage them speak up for themselves and be heard, through creating an enabling dialogue community environment within our means.
• Within our means, We make the rights of a child accessible to as many people as possible, (using the mass communication industry, esp. newspaper, television and radio; journalists and other related professionals collectively)
• We speak to our friends, family and colleagues on creating awareness about the situation of children, and task them to ensure that all children enjoy their basic rights to their ability.
• We encourage parents and guardians to regularly sit with children and initiate a discussion or work on a project together to transfer necessary early learning skills in a rights-based environmental approach, and task them to avoid employing a child as domestic help beyond their ability. Child labour: refers to (i) work that is mentally, physically, socially and/or morally dangerous and harmful to children. It also includes work or activities that interfere with children’s school attendance (ii) hazardous work which by its nature or the circumstances under which it is performed, jeopardises the health, safety and morals of a child.
• We put children and young people at the centre of our actions / programming recognising that every single child has a right to be included. We "Think, Study and Plan" of opportunities we and you can give to these children to play, learn, and do creative things together.
Children Rights Interventions
• Routinely identify out-of-school school-age going children with support from the Village Local Leaders (LC, VHT, Faith-based leaders) and work with district / sub-county authorities to link or refer them to appropriate schooling institutions and support children access quality education. (Any issue that causes a child rights violation like school-dropout or child labour, is a symptom of deep-rooted problems such as lack of livelihoods, gender bias/violence. We identify these violations and work with the communities to demand accountability from the local government structures and permanent solutions and/or mitigate the impact of these deep-rooted problems affecting children.)
• Routinely work with Village Health Teams (VHTs) to identify, refer and link health affected children to health service providers for quality services.
• Promote and support in-school dialogues, debates and sports activities that include community leaders, teachers, and parents.
• Use faith-based services for children gathering to promote dialogues on children rights for both in- and out-of-school children.
• Promote and support mixed sports and games (a.k.a sports gal) for community children.
• Work with households to integrate children livelihood issues in community development programs.
• BIDCAF will always keep the physical environment of the project free from danger to the children.
CHILD PROTECTED RIGHTS
Nbr1: Everyone under 18 yrs has these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor.
• Nbr2: Should NOT be treated unfairly on ANY basis.
• Nbr3: ALL adults should always think about how their decisions will affect children.
• Nbr4: The government has a key responsibility to make sure children rights are protected. They must help families to protect child rights and create an environment where children can grow and reach their potential.
• Nbr5: A family has the full responsibility to help children learn to exercise their rights, and to ensure that their rights are protected.
• Nbr6: Children have the right to be alive.
• Nbr7: Children have the right to a name, and this should be officially recognized by the government. Have the right to a nationality (to belong to a country).
• Nbr8: Children have the right to an identity – an official record of who one is.
• Nbr9: Have the right to live with parent(s), the right to live with a family who cares for you and protect you.
• Nbr10: Have the right to be protected from danger and/or being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind like kidnappings, Sexual abuse, any kind of exploitation (being taken advantage of), from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly, cruel punishment or harmful way, from harmful drugs and from the drug trade, from taking part in war especially children under 15yrs...
• Nbr11: Have a right to unharmful effective communicate with others in any way such as: by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless the communication harms or offends other people.
• Nbr12: Have the right to give Own opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
• Nbr13: Have the right to choose Own Religion and Beliefs with helpful parental guidance on what is right and wrong and best for the child (right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose) .
• Nbr14: Have the right to choose Own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it is NOT harmful to others.
• Nbr15: Have the right to play and rest.
• Nbr16: Have the right to privacy.
• Nbr17: Have the right to get information (unharmful and guided appropriately by adults) that is important to child well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should help children find and understand the information they need.
• Nbr18: Have the right to quality education and special education and care if one has a disability (education that helps one use and develop one's talents and abilities).
• Nbr19: Have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help one stay well.
• Nbr20: Have the right to all human basic needs, like food, clothing, safe shelter to live, safe water and quality health services that met one's needs.
• Nbr21: Have the right to know human being rights!.
• Nbr22: Have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system.
• Nbr23: Have the right to help from the government if one is poor or in need, if been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
• Nbr24: Have the right to special protection and help if one is a refugee (if you have been forced to leave your home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.