With advocacy at both district and national levels

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With advocacy at both district and national levels major issues emerged and needed to be addressed. The first one was the review of all laws affecting children and the formulation of child labour policy. The majority of the members of the Coalition participated in the formulation of the policy and the review of the laws. The Coalition lobbied the government to ratify international and regional conventions and in fact worked with the government to domesticate them. The Coalition was later expanded to include local government (Nairobi City Council), the police and private sector representation. It addressed systems for protecting children and established child protection teams in 42 districts. The Coalition was dissolved in 2002 after the enactment of the Children Act 2001, which established the Council for Children Services. By the time it was dissolved, a document had been developed on a national child protection referral system, which was handed over to the Department of Children Services. 4.5 Capacity Building The constituted child labour committees were trained on child labour as an issue, starting with members of District Child Labour Committees (DCLCs) who were imparted skills on how to raise awareness of child labour in the district. The DCLCs trained the rest of the committees to undertake awareness-raising activities in their respective communities. The capacity-building of CLCs was achieved by linking them to other institutions in the districts, which included micro-finance, private enterprises to provide financial and technical services. At the district level, some of the DCLC members were incorporated into other government supported programmes, such as the Bursary Funds and the Constituency Development Funds (CDF). 4.6 Building Alliances and Partnerships ANPPCAN organized fora in each district targeting all duty-bearers. Often the head officers of the districts, i.e. the district commissioners, were asked to open the fora and encouraged to stay and listen to key presentations on the situation of children in their respective district. Members of Parliament from some of the districts were invited to attend or to grace the occasion. All these groups were provided with IEC materials to read and share with others. The materials included reports on district profiles; summary report on the WHO study or any other study on child labour. The DCLCs were instructed to share all workshop/seminar reports with the duty-bearers and key stakeholders in the district. A large number of duty-bearers were members of child labour committees. Apart from the district focus forums, members of District Child Labour Committees, especially their officials, were invited and sponsored to attend national fora, which were specifically organized by ANPPCAN to discuss child labour in Kenya or other fora organized by ANPPCAN on issues affecting children. These groups were thus enabled to create linkages with other groups.
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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