Children are cherished in Africa but their rights often go unprotected. A culture of corporal punishment persists and can lead to isolation, neglect and unfulfilled potential but also, all too commonly, to financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, even human trafficking. Without protection, a voice in society and an alternative to corporal punishment as acceptable treatment, their plight goes largely unnoticed, and the cycle repeats. This Safeguarding project will protect 92,000+ by 2020.
VMM's Child Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adults Programme creates, monitors and maintains safe environments for children and vulnerable persons at organisational, parish and school level with 40 local government and NGO partners in East, West & Southern Africa. Teachers, carers and community leaders are trained in our Positive Discipline Programme, children attend Children's Rights& Responsibilities Clubs. This educates the community, offers alternatives to corporal punishment: enabling the change.
This project, giving voice to the needs of 92,000+ children & vulnerable adults in 7 countries, minimizes the current risk of abuse by decreasing the physical and emotional violence which can be commonplace in the home, school and community. It replaces these commonly accepted norms with positive discipline practices through awareness initiatives to both the adults and children. Embedding these norms will break the cycle of corporal punishment and change the landscape for the next generation(s).
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Webpost describing the VMM Safeguarding Programme
Volunteer webpost on corporal punishment in school
Webpost on community projects countering violence
Webpost on partner org countering human traficking