Children ‘Parliament’ Launched The program has grown to embrace various stakeholders in child development. It has built the capacities of children and parents to discuss openly issues affecting them. The program is playing a vital coordination and consultative role in the schools and community where TYSA works Capacities of the coordinator build around monitoring, investigation and evaluation of child abuse cases. This has enabled him to resolve the crisis which affected some of the girls in schools e.g. mwanga primary and kirita secondary. Children from TYSA endorsed the Children Voices 2010which helped them to share experiences and reached to more children. Children especially in schools and community are reporting cases of abuse to their mentors. That for the first time, children and parents discussed domestic budgeting together in the open forum. With more follows at home and frequent open forums, children issues will be implemented at domestic level TYSA has reviewed it organizational structure to include the children. This has enabled the children to contribute to the development of the organization. The structures allow children to participate in the decision making process of the organization. The small units of 10 children elect their leaders who meet in the ‘parliament’ to discuss and deliberate on the issues. These issues are taken to the TYSA management team by their ‘president’. Program secretaries who are also elected work very closely with the Program Coordinator, mentor s them in the work. The program secretaries form the ‘Cabinet’ with the president. The speaker and the clerk work together to run the affairs of the ‘Parliament’ We look forward to implementing this initiative in the coming months. It is one of its kinds in the country. It is going to be our main focus for the next 6 months. We are yet to train the ‘parliamentarians’ on their respective operations. The initiative requires stationery, chairs, tables, and other furniture to furnish the hall where the parliamentary sessions will take place. The children also require drinks and water, refreshments during the parliamentary sessions. We hope also to provide some clothing to make the sessions formal in order to raise the self esteem of the children. We are happy that we have finally taken off as we have been planning for this great initiative. Many other organizations have already started to admire this child participation and protection model. We hope to keep you informed of the progress of this noble initiative.
Festive season always provide perfect opportunity for the children to interact and have fun! For the second year running, TYSA has organized children fun day! This year, some children had an opportunity to swim in a modern swimming pool. This was a blend of children from the local community and those in town with some experience. ‘We are very happy and delighted by this annual event that brings our children together and have fun! I could believe my eyes, as kids enjoyed swimming’ Mum Mary, a parent. Other activities included face painting, games and sports. Children enjoyed being out there and interacting with their peers. The community mentors and coaches also had their share of fun too.120 children and youth participated in this year’s event. In 2011/2012, TYSA Children participation and protection program will undergo major reforms to make it more responsive and participatory. This is after major consultation with the children in the last one year. We are going to create Junior Assemblies and Youth Assemblies. In the junior assembly children below age 15 will form units of 10 members each. In this unit, they will elect a Councilor, Governor and Senator. The Councilor will take care of the welfare of the unit. The Governor will be the chief executive of the e unit while the senator will represent the interest of the unit in the senate. All the senators from the units will form a Senate Assembly. The youth assembly will constitute ages 15 to 24. In their respective units, they will elect Member of Parliament and Women Representative. They will form the Youth Assembly. All the assemblies will be managed by a Speaker and helped by the clerks. A president will be elected by all the children and youth in the respective unit. The president will have a running mate. The president will run a small cabinet comprising of Program Secretaries as enshrined in the TYSA program areas of education, Child Protection etc. It is through these structures that we believe the children and youth will have greater opportunity to participate fully in the deliberations that affect them and their community. It is a more open approach through which the children will embrace democratic values and contributing to national development. We believe you will continue to offer your support and be part of this innovative way of localizing democracy and helping the society embrace democratic values. Watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHDrgcfkNLg
For the first time, children and parents discussed domestic budgeting together in the open forum. Capacities of the coordinator build around monitoring, investigation and evaluation of child abuse cases. This has enabled him to resolve the crisis which affected some of the girls in schools e.g. mwanga primary and kirita secondary.
Children from TYSA endorsed the Children Voices 2010, which helped them to share experiences and reached to more children. Children especially in schools and community are reporting cases of abuse to their mentors. This is a very positive move which is helping curb child abuse cases in the community.
In one of the school where we work, children reported a case where their friends had disappeared from school. The case was followed up.
Next year, TYSA is a strengthening child support units by establishing two assemblies i.e. junior and youth. These units are going to have elected Governor, Councilors and Senators. In their respective assemblies, they will deliberate on issues affecting and seek solutions to them.
We are looking forward to your continued support to establish this units within TYSA.
TYSA WINS MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AWARD IN KENYA
TYSA emerged top on Inaugural Millennium Development Goal No. 3: Promoting gender equality and empowering women. The MDGs Trust Fund Kenya was the main organizer of this event which was held on 10th September 2010 at the National Museum of Kenya. Other partners include; UNDP Kenya country office, UN Millennium Campaign, Synovate and Microsoft among others
The award seeks to recognize and celebrate Kenyan institutions that are making impactful differences in the society with regards to MDGs. The spotlight was on organizations that have demonstrated outstanding and innovating efforts towards the delivery o the eight MDG goals through their core porgrammes. The award also aims to recognize significant efforts made by various institutions to advance social change through their innovations and in their different capacities to achieve the MDGs.
TYSA’s ‘Wasichana Tunaweza ‘- Girls We Can Project was outstanding in the delivery the MDG; promoting gender equality and empowering women. This project seeks to eliminate gender disparity through increased accesses to educational and retention and capacity building opportunities for girls.
The award considered many factors including the whole TYSA organization. Children, especially girls participation in decision making.The children have a big stake in this award as they are key players in the organization.Without their presence and contribution, we could not have just won the award.
TYSA wants to express gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who have support the girl’s project. We are humbled by your continued support which has made our work visible in Kenya.
This is a great recognition to the work TYSA is doing to meet the Millennium Development Goals in Kenya
The 2010 “Children’s Voices” conference was held on Saturday 3rd July 2010 at Nairobi Primary School and the theme was: “Your Constitution, Our Constitution- Our Future”. This year’s theme is a critical area of concern for children as right owners and other duty bearers.
For the first time ever,TYSA send two girls, Irene (15years) and, Edith (14years) who represented the entire Rift valley province. It was great privileged for TYSA to participate at such high National Level. The issues of children from rural kenya were heard.
Irene participated in the debate on parliament and executive while Edith participated in the governance debate. they all shared their understanding and experiences at the community level.Comparatives was done on how a village is governed and that of a city. The children from rural area new much about rural governance while those from the cities new about city management
The two,Irene and Edith enjoyed a lot ' I only used to hear about Parliament building where my Member of Parliament is.Today I have seen it.Exclaimed Irene. Seeing where the First President of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum is was awesome. ' I used to think that Stature there is Kenyatta.Today I have seen where he was buried' Edith. Christine and Steve took them to this exciting experience. They had to hold their hands through the busy Nairobi street as everything was exciting for the two girls
It was a unique experience for Irene and Edith.Will keep you informed of their development. Thanks you for your continued support
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