Child Protection Alliance (CPA) with funding from Save the Children International recently concluded four-day capacity building training on positive discipline in everyday teaching (PDET) for stakeholders in the Lower River Region.
The training, held at the Trans-Gambia Lodge in Pakaliding Village, attracted teachers and cluster monitors drawn from various school management committees within the region.
Welcoming the participants, Lamin Fatty, the Programme Officer at Child Protection Alliance, said the training is part of series similar engagement embarked upon by CPA.
According to him, the objective is to build and enhance the understanding and awareness of stakeholders on the diverse forms of child abuse.
“The training is also designed to reduce and eliminate Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP) of children in our communities. Following 2015 conducted study on Corporal Punishment of Children by CPA and with support from Save the Children International, CPA has made PHP as one of the priority areas embedded on its strategic plan in a bid to enlighten and advocate for positive discipline in the community.” he said.
Ansumana Sambou, Director of Planning at Mansakonko Area Council, described the four-day forum as educative and a step in the right direction.
While thanking CPA and partners for the initiative taken to reach out to people in the Lower River Region, he promised that the knowledge gained will be put to good use.
Geoffrey Ovat, Regional Child Protection Adviser for Save the Children International in East and Southern Africa, and a resource person at the training, expressed hope that the training will go along way in helping participants dealing with PDET.
by Salifu M. Touray in LRR