In the last quarter of 2020, DCI-Zambia (Ubuchingo) conducted a number of activities on child safeguarding and advocacy. Some of these activities include: Children’s Public Hearings and the virtual Civil Society Organisation’s (CSO) engagements on Alternative Reporting.
1. Ubuchingo DCI-Zambia undertook 2 day public hearing exercise from the 16th to the 20th of November 2020 in 3 selected districts, namely, Kasama, Ndola and Chisnali. The main objective of the hearings was to obtain children’s views on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Zambia. Over 500 Children from different backgrounds were engaged in the exercise. These were children from the rural areas, children in care centers, children in conflict with the law and also children with special needs. Quite a number of issues were raised by these groups and among them were:
- Children still feel that corporal punishment is being administered in most homes.
- Lack of free education in the country as most children still pay fees and walk long distance to go to school.
- Lack of proper correctional services for children as those convicted are sent to same facilities the adult offenders.
The recommendations that were made by children will be included in Zambia’s 2021 alternative report.
2. Ubuchingo DCI-Zambia partnered with Children in Need Network and organized virtual CSO engagements which brought together organizations such as Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), SOS Children’s Village, REPSSI, Media Network, SWAZ among others, in preparation of the UNCRC Shadow reporting process. Zambia is scheduled for a review in 2021. During one of the meetings, African Partnership to End Violence Against Children (APEVAC) and DCI Sierra Leone trained and shared their experiences on the process.. The training was well received and appreciated by the CSOs and some even suggested that DCI Zambia organize a physical meeting where more relevant partners would be included.
Meetings are to resume in January 2021.