Coast Region local authorities (district chiefs and Alkalolus) and their wives
were recently trained on child rights and protection by the Department of
Social Welfare at the governor’s office in Brikama.
Forty people participated in the training with expectation that the training would improve their influential decision making at community level to develop consensus for a shared vision in Gambia’s child protection systems. The training was funded by United Nations’ child agency, UNICEF.
Governor Bakary K. Sanyang said he was hopeful that the training would create enabling environment for Gambian children, saying child protection systems involve a number of different stakeholders at a number of different levels, national, regional, district, community and individual.
He said The Gambia has made some real impactful progress in recent years, including the development of a national child protection system and enactment of Children’s Act of 2005. He appealed to the wives of the local authorities to always support their husbands in the area of child protection.
The former Gambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General challenged participants to ensure that children’s right to inherit begins the moment the child lost his or her paternal parent.
Regional Social Welfare coordinator, Haruna Badjie said government recognises the need to adopt systems approach to child protection to address the protection of all children from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its national response.
He said the systems approach to child protection was adopted to align government’s efforts with the civil society and communities to mitigate children exposure to child protection risks and strengthen their resilience in family context.