IOM conducts capacity building for stakeholders on protection of vulnerable children

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A three-day capacity building workshop for stakeholders on the protection of vulnerable children organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with UNICEF and supported by the Swedish government is underway at the Regional Education Office in Basse.

The workshop, which commenced on Tuesday 12 December 2017, seeks to build the capacity of key stakeholders, especially border officials in dealing appropriately with vulnerable migrants, especially migrant children, members of social welfare and Immigration officers.

In her opening remarks, Awa Joof Peters, the programme officer at IOM disclosed that she was delighted to participate in the series of training designed to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders to protect the rights of children on the move.

She further disclosed that the workshop aims to contribute to equipping key stakeholders with the skills and knowledge in ensuring that the rights of migrants, especially the most vulnerable among them are protected.

Madam Awa J. Peters pointed out that IOM was committed to working with stakeholders to meet the growing operational challenges of migration management in order to ensure the human dignity and well-being of all migrants.

She revealed that the training was timely, adding that it would contribute to combat the abuse, exploitation and neglect that children on the move are often exposed to.

She expressed optimism that through the training, IOM would help to build the participants’ capacity to identify migrant children who are vulnerable to violence, exploitation, abuse or a violation of their rights.

The three-day workshop would provide and teach participants about the regional initiatives in protecting children on the move, gain knowledge on what constitutes smuggling and trafficking as well as enhance participants’ knowledge in recognising vulnerable children.

The workshop also seeks to expose participants to international standards and best practices in supporting victims of trafficking, differentiate between trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and to provide participants with acquired knowledge on interviewing vulnerable children into practice.

Author: Bruce Asemota in Basse