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4.2 Enhancement of Knowledge The findings of the studies were widely disseminated to different groups. This was done through seminars or workshops at the district level, as well as at national conferences which ANPPCAN organized to educate the participants on what was happening to children in Kenya. Reports from these gatherings were widely shared. ANPPCAN organized very many fora where presentations were made on all aspects of child labour. Some of these events were collaboratively organized with the Ministries of Labour, Education and Department for Children Services. Other child mandated organizations such as UNICEF were also involved. These fora made recommendations to the authorities. The fora on education urged the government to make basic education free and compulsory. 4.3 Creating and Strengthening Systems and Inter-Sectoral Linkages to Address Child Labour Child labour committees were created first in the districts to raise awareness, and monitor child labour. These committees were constituted from the district to the divisional, locational and school levels. This was followed in later years by the creation of child help desks where cases of school drop-out or child abuse cases were reported. The family members were informed of these services and they were manned by trained volunteers from the communities. Child rights clubs were also started in schools where ANPPCAN was operating and were sensitized on child labour, as well as child rights. The children in these clubs identified children not attending school and reported to head teachers who took action. Some of the clubs started saving money to buy uniforms for children who could not afford to buy them. The role of these structures was to enhance multi-sectoral linkages through the child labour committees, identify children at risk and those in worst forms of child labour, identify their needs, plan for appropriate interventions and mobilize local resources to support the children. Later on, these systems were used to identify poor parents and to link them with other programmes in the districts, such as micro-finance, private enterprises or assist them to start income generating activities. 4.4 Coalition on Child Rights and Child Protection The above initiatives were taken to the national level where ANPPCAN created a Coalition on Child Rights and Child Protection, comprising eight key ministries dealing with children issues. These included the Ministries of Labour, Education, Health, Home Affairs (Children’s Department), Information (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation), Planning, Local Government, and the Attorney General’s Office. Two NGOs with a national outlook were included. The Coalition was trained on children’s issues and on skills about how to address issues at the national level. Child labour was one
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 14 of the eight issues affecting children in Kenya that the Coalition selected. The Coalition was chaired by the Director of Children Services and ANPPCAN coordinated it.
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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