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Afghanistan and Germany working together to protect children in Samangan

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140930_PR_RCDF_Protecting children in SamanganSixteen days of training came to an end on Tuesday for 100 members of the Children Protection Action Network (CPAN) in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. The course aimed to raise awareness of how to protect children in society. CPAN identifies children at risk, helps them with problems, offers legal aid and works to prevent harassment, abuse and exploitation of children. For better progress to be done in this field, the network’s members need regular, in-depth training on the problems confronting children in need and how to solve these issues. Costing a total of AFN 417,000, the course was funded by the German Government through Afghan-German Cooperation.

Children are highly at risk in Afghan society. A common sight on many streets especially in Afghanistan’s cities is to see children working or begging. Often, their parents are physically disabled, poor and destitute. Many children have also lost families to conflict in Afghanistan, while others suffer from domestic violence. Communities are often unaware of children’s rights or do not have the financial means to find solutions and protect children from harm and risk. Additionally, government employees are also unqualified to deal with the situation and cannot provide sound advice or help.

One solution to this problem is to have professional members in the CPAN network provide services for children and protect them from risk, harassment, abuse and exploitation in society. To bring about improvements for children, both organizations and departments need professional, knowledgeable members to deal with the plight of children. They can help by providing legal services and with advice on how to solve specific issues. Properly trained personnel in the departments can also provide assistance in finding places where children can stay in safety.

The course taught the 100 male and female participants about child law in Afghanistan and about international agreements and conventions on children’s rights. The participants are all members of CPAN and represent provincial government, civil society and NGOs. The course started 24th August and was held in the Department of Labor and Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled in cooperation with Afghan-German Cooperation.

The cost of the training was AFN 417,000 AFN. The proposal of this project was approved by the Samangan Provincial Development Committee (PDC) and it is supported by the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) based in Samangan, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation program, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.

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