DAC 2022: Compassion International Togo and its partners renew their commitment to child protection in Togo

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©AfreePress-(Lomé, June 16, 2022)-The Day of the African Child was commemorated, Thursday, June 16, 2022 on the continent. In Togo, the NGO Compassion International Togo and its partners marked the event with a reflection workshop under the theme: « Elimination of endogenous practices affecting children: reflection on our endogenous child protection practices ».

 

The meeting brought together in Lomé, church leaders, partners of Compassion International Togo, children benefiting from the sponsorship program, traditional leaders, Neighborhood Development Committees (QDCs), Village Development Committees (CVD) and various actors of child protection structures.

 

For the leaders of Compassion International Togo, the commemoration of this day is an opportunity for each actor to renew its commitment to children, including that of protecting them from all the abuses of which they may be victims.

« This day is an opportunity for us to go through the good practices that we have in our cultures and also to identify the endogenous practices that are harmful to children so that we can develop an action plan that allows the different actors to go to the level of the different communities and to work there, this for the well-being of the children and young people that we have in the country and especially in the sponsorship program of Compassion, » said Olivier Koffi AHONON, National Director of Compassion International Togo.

 

Aligned with the theme: « Elimination of harmful practices affecting children: Progress on policies and practices since 2013 » defined by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the NGO wants to take advantage of this celebration to take stock of the actions carried out since 2013 in favor of children’s rights within the family and the community.

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According to the National Director, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child has decided that the theme of DAC 2022 will focus on harmful practices due to the high prevalence of these practices in Africa.

 

Harmful practices, he said, prevent children from fully enjoying their human rights as enshrined in the African Charter on Children. They cause harm that has immediate physical and mental consequences for children.

 

« At the end of this day of reflection, we will release an action plan that will be signed by the various local authorities present, especially the traditional chiefs. This plan will serve as a roadmap for the work we will do in the next 12 months. (…) At the level of Compassion, we work to ensure that all actors are mobilized so that each child is loved, known and protected within the community, « said Mr. AHONON.

 

Officially launching the work of the meeting, the Director of Child Protection (Ministry of Social Action, Advancement of Women and Literacy), Kondoh Kandalé praised the commitment of Compassion International for the well-being of children in Togo and around the world. He called on each actor to work for the strengthening of children’s rights in Togo.

To achieve their goal, Compassion and its 297 Partner Churches throughout the territory dedicate a whole week to mark the event, including through sports competitions, caravans, animation sketch, conference debate with local authorities and awareness campaigns on the harms of harmful practices to children.

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In Togo, Compassion International supports more than 73,000 children through child and youth development centers.

 

As a reminder, the Day of the African Child is celebrated every June 16 in remembrance of the massacre of children in Soweto, South Africa on June 16, 1976.

 

Raphael A.

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