Our vision for Africa, is that every child, in every nation, has the possibility to begin his or her life with the best possible foundation that will allow them to reach their fullest potential. Using this approach as our guiding principle, we are successfully implementing our Children’s Rights Programme. The programme focuses on Early Childhood Development (ECD), Education and Ending Child Marriage. We work with child development and education civil society networks in Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights of Children outline a global framework for the promotion and protection of children’s rights. The framework aims to ensure that children do not only survive, but also thrive and develop and to their full potential. Based on this framework, the Children’s Rights Programme therefore maintains the following beliefs:
HOW WE WORK
Leveraging our partnerships with regional bodies as well as partnerships at the country, and global level, we seek to ensure that all children can access quality education, are retained in school, progress optimally and achieve their full potential through good formal and non-formal education. We work with activists, partners, individuals and groups that are committed to creating a better future for Africa’s children.
The programme views children as more than just rights holders, but key decision-makers that should be involved in decision-making processes that match their age and maturity level. Child participation is therefore central to all programme interventions as we work towards the protection and promotion of children’s rights in the Africa region.
KEY FOCUS AREAS
Promoting and Protecting Children’s Rights
The Mara Education Project: From Advocacy to Implementation
Holding the pledge signed by key stakeholders and Mrs Machel at launch of Mara Education Project.
The Mara Region was declared a priority area for the development of a unified intervention to address the needs of out of school children.
On 4 April, the Mara OOSC project was officially launched, to an estimated one hundred people. In attendance were representatives from government, civil society, school boards, as well as the Mara Alliance, who all pledged their to support the project.