PRESS RELEASES OF THE AMWCY
Meeting of the AMWCY Executive Managerial Group
DAKAR, October 3rd to 12th 2017
Dear friends WCY, facilitators, partners and supporters of our movement. We, members of the Executive Managerial Group (EMG) of the AMWCY, held our meeting from October 3rd to 12th, 2017 in Dakar-Senegal.The meeting brought together participants from Benin, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Togo. Our meeting focused on:
- Exchange of experiences between participants
- Exchange with technical and financial partners
- Review of the summary table of activities organized and supported by Save the Children, OAK Foundation, the CORAL project with Tdh, Pasap with Plan and the Child Advocacy Committee (CAC)
- Review of financial reports from January to October 2017.
- Reflection on the implementation of the AMWCY strategic plan
- Exchange on collaboration between SSI-AO and AMWCY
- Exchange meeting with partners and the media
- Exchanges of participants on the health of AWCY
At the beginning of the meeting, we discussed the activities carried out for children on the move in our respective countries from March to October 2017 and within the AMWCY. We have worked on their identification, guidance and follow-up. We noticed that AWCY, including those without support of any program and project, continue to operate and protect children in their communities, with resources raised from IGAs and contributions.
- Exchange with technical and financial partners
During our meeting, we received visits from our partners including:
- Alianza por la solidaridad with whom we discussed the employability of youth,
- IOM, which is about to organize an awareness-raising campaign in Cape Verde on the Protection of Children in Mobility by December. We discussed with them our plan to set up an AWCY in that country.
ü SSI-AO with whom we exchanged on the business plans of the national coordination of AWCY of Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, …
- Review of the summary table of activities
The table summarizing the activities implemented under the Save the Children project was presented to us. This project covers three countries: The Gambia, Guinea, and Togo. During the Children’s Consultation Workshop, eighty-one (81) children and youth received capacity building on Child Protection Policies, Laws, Practices, Procedures and Rights in The Gambia and Togo.
There is renewed confidence and collaboration between the association of working children and youth, local authorities and law enforcement agencies in the various countries. The trained WCY get used more and more appropriately with the tools of protection in their favour, in particular that related to the role and responsibility of the State. They are gradually becoming familiar with the process of budgetary allocation related to the rights of the child.
- The table of indicators for the project to protect Migrant children along the Corridor
Abidjan-Lagos (CORAL) linking Tdh / AMWCY / Enda has been presented. This three-year project (April 2017-March 2020), implemented in 5 countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Togo and Ghana, has allowed some 2476 children (1136 males and 1340 migrant girls) to join the 49 new grassroots groups set up in the 05 countries. Communities have many more opportunities to share information about the protective accompaniment of children.
- Through the PASSAP project supported by Plan International, children in Cameroon,
Kenya and Sierra Leone conducted national consultations to write the children’s report in addition to that submitted by their respective governments to the AU. This is part of facilitating the participation of children in monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Chil.
In the new AMWCY planning, national workshops for children will be held in the following countries: Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Gabon, and Namibia.
- Child Advocacy Committee (CAC): “It is Time to Talk”, is an initiative of
(CAC) for the 4th International Conference on Child Labor, 05 member countries of the AMWCY: Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Chad participated in the consultation process to gather the views and suggestions of children on child labor. The children gave the reasons and motivations that force them to work, and addressed key messages to the various actors; governments, parents and guardians, NGOs, children themselves, teachers, employers, police and UNHCR, wise men, authorities, nuns and the media.
– As far as the partnership with SSI-AO is concerned, mention was made of the five axes of collaboration in the restitution of the results of the last Copil in August.
The following points have been agreed on:
– Support for family identification of the child
– Research and assessment of the child’s family situation
– The follow-up of the children reintegrated by the West African Network (WAN)
– Support for community development
– Institutional support for AMWCY.
- Review of financial reports from January to October 2017
During our meeting, the situation of the financial resources resulting from the different projects was presented; we notice a level of execution of more than 50% on all the support received.
With regard to the justification of the expenditure made, the AWCY continue their efforts to collect treatment and send the supporting documents to the managing board.
- Presentation of the Strategic Plan of AMWCY 2017-2021
For a better appropriation of the AMWCY Strategic Plan and its popularization, a synthesis of the key and priority areas of intervention has been discussed by the delegates. These include:
- 1- protection and civic participation of children and youth
- 2- Accelerating the realization of children’s rights in Africa
- 3- the fight against child and youth poverty
- 4- improving the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth
- 5- human and institutional capacity building of AMWCY
In view of the importance of the strategic plan, we worked on these axes by highlighting the expected results in each of them, as well as the strategic indicators or orientations to be followed in order to achieve the expected results. Fifteen million (15,000,000) children and young girls and boys will be affected by this plan in Africa over the next 5 years. To reach this objective, the EMG asks all AWCY to update the mapping of the places where t working children are found in our cities and neighbourhoods and to multiply the establishment of grassroots groups in order to ensure a wider protection of children.
- Revision of the AMWCY Procedures Manual
During our meeting, we reviewed the revised AMWCY Manual of Procedures in the presence of an auditor to facilitate the meeting. The review mainly concerned the purchase procedure part. It has been asked to make a collection or extract of the manual in 3-4 pages to make it easier for children to read and assimilate management procedures.
- Meeting with partners and the media
On October 11th, 2017 we were honoured to receive the visit of our partners from CISV, IOM, and the Delegation of the European Union based in Dakar as well as the press (the national daily “Le Soleil” and “Les Echos”. During this meeting, we gave them the results of our work, the capitalization of actions to protect children in mobility and the consultation of children in the five African countries mentioned above on child labor. We also talked about the place of girls and boys within the AMWCY, presented in the Strategic Plan of the AMWCY, in particular its 05 priority axes. These presentations were followed by exchanges, in the form of questions and answers between us and our guests.
Draft written in Dakar, October 12th, 2017
The AMWCY Executive Managerial Group
Soffiatou Azonsounon (Benin): [email protected]
Moise Nibaruta (Burundi): [email protected]
Awa Nacoulma (Ivory Coast): [email protected]
Isaac Amon Kotey (Ghana): [email protected]
Mariame Sidibé (Guinea): [email protected]
Sokhna Seck (Senegal): [email protected]
Facilitator: Fatoumata Mariko (Mali): [email protected]