21 June 2017, Lusaka, Zambia
As part of a joint UNICEF-GMT advocacy partnership “Realization of the Rights of the African Child: Advancing a holistic agenda for change through advocacy, policy and practice”, a high-level advocacy mission to Zambia was carried out in partnership with UNICEF Zambia on 20 to 22 June.
23-25 May 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Children’s Rights Programme welcomed 22 participants to the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescents Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) Advocacy Toolkit Training Workshop, including representatives of the Lead Implementing Partner organizations, namely Health Promotions Tanzania, Maikhanda Trust and FDC (Foundation for Community Development). Participants also included seven selected youth champions, youth mentors together with selected technical advisors from Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique respectively.
International Day of the African Child was celebrated on 16 June under the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity.”
Messages from the Mara Out-Of-School Education Programme were developed into image cards and quotes to emphasise the importance of the Programme.
The Graça Machel Trust was instrumental in training civil society organisations in the four UNICEF-Graça Machel Trust core countries. The training targeted CSO’s that focus on ending child marriage and raising awareness to deliver effective advocacy messages to decision-makers. Through the joint hosting of the side event at the Zambia Summit on ending child marriage, the Trust succeeded in forging valuable partnerships that may influence policy in future.
In July 2015, thirteen NGOs and faith-based organisations came together and drew up a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formed the Mara Alliance. The Alliance enjoys representation across seven communities in Tanzania, including Musoma Rural, Rorya District, Tarime District, Serengeti District, Bunda and Butiama Districts.