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Training of CSOs on advocacy skills underway

Apr 20, 2017, 12:31 PM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

Child Protection Alliance (CPA) with funding from the European Commission through Actionaid Wednesday opened a three-day training for Civil Society Organizations on advocacy skills and techniques, held at the Friendship Hostel Hall in Bakau.

The training, which targets civil society groups across all sectors dealing with children, aimed at identifying key issues to advocate on at the end of the training.

Speaking at the opening session, Njundu Drammeh, CPA National Coordinator, said they conduct the training on advocacy skills for civil society organisations so they would be able to identify issues affecting children.

Certainly laws need legal reforms in ensuring that policies are in place and implemented, he said, adding that policies, laws and children issues require resources as they are the issues affecting children.

He added that it was good to build their capacity and encourage them to put what they learn into practice as well as ensure they form an advocacy task group to advocate on key issues identified during the workshop.

“The Gambia did not have a ministry for children’s affairs and that makes coordination very difficult. It makes reporting to treaty bodies difficult,” he added.