The National Council for children’s staff and management came together towards the end of last year for teambuilding exercises spread over a couple of days . The main objective of the exercise was to have fun, improve overall team communication , deepen understanding and awareness of the culture and values of the organisation , and to produce more highly motivated staff to improve the organisation’s performance and provide better customer service.
Time was also spent in reflecting on experiences of carrying out campaigns; such as the promotion of the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations made in 2011 , and evaluations of past campaigns to discuss ways of making it work better.
Staff recognized the importance of promoting multi disciplinary cross agency-partnerships around the subject of prevention of child abuse , empowering children on how to mitigate risks by learning about protective behaviors and the need to further develop the organisation’s advocacy capacity to influence government policy through reliable data collection and evidence-based research.
Decisions were also taken to create a wider space for online collaboration networks to connect young people by involving them and supporting them through promotion and implementation of their rights and responsibilities as laid down in the Convention on the Rights of the Child .
Whilst there is increasing use of social marketing strategies and the internet to deliver information to young people by using Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones (and other digital technology) - NCC wants to ensure that the campaigns developed are relevant, keep children safe and will have a positive impact on young people’s lives.
In this context the NCC is now looking for enthusiastic and committed young people from around the age of 12 -18 , who love everything digital so that they can receive training to increase their knowledge , skills and capacities to engage directly in an online activism project which will ensure peer to peer communication and contribute towards creating social changes. This process of involving children and young people in online conversations and campaigning can give them opportunities to make their voices heard on matters that concern them. They will also be able to give some advice on what works for them in cyberspace.
Interested young people can call our office at Bel-Eau on telephone 4283900 during working hours to find out more about the project.