There was very little good news to be shared since

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There was very little good news to be shared, since many of the heads of department reported having no resources in the districts and lack of support from their ministry headquarters. They were expected to perform but without adequate support. Lack of resources made it difficult for them to go to the grassroots (community) to monitor government activities. Only the Provincial Administration had vehicles to visit rural projects. The Ministry of Education depended on head teachers to report school issues to them. Almost all the department heads mentioned confirmed what was obtained in the drama discussions. The district profiles also confirmed many of the problems facing those working in the districts. These officers found it hard to implement development projects or intentions from their headquarters owing to resource constraints. In all the four districts school drop-out was a real problem, confirming that the majority of children who engage in child labour had previously been attending school, but dropped out, especially after
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 10 grades 5 and 6. Although poverty levels were high the majority of the parents were disinclined to take up loans and in most cases all the funds released to assist the poor in the districts were returned to the Treasury. People could not access these facilities because of long distances involved, and because there was no active engagement between the people at the local level and government employees to assist them in accessing information about loans. In a collective fashion, those attending the workshops developed priority areas to be addressed during the project period. These areas fitted very well to what ANPPCAN wanted to do. Each district team was helped to develop work plans with ANPPCAN staff. This team was formed into what is known in Kenya as Child Labour Committees. The Ministry of Education chaired the committees and hosted them. The Children’s Department was given secretarial duties and the Ministry of Labour became the treasurer or vice versa. The District Child Labour Committees opened bank accounts where they kept the funds sent by ANPPCAN. The district teams were trained to implement their work plans. The work plans contained a range of activities, ranging from awareness-raising, visiting schools and identifying children out of school, training teachers, constituting child labour committees up to school level, initiating IGAs in schools, monitoring and reviewing activities and providing reports to ANPPCAN. ANPPCAN developed specific activities for these committees ranging from capacity- building, supporting them to attend national meetings, training them on project development, raising awareness and lobbying as well as report writing. Some were also taught how to develop proposals and raise resources on their own. ANPPCAN also bought them equipment with saved resources during workshops. They became focal points for other activities in the districts.
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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