District level advocacy with Shakti Samuha In the last six months, the launch of district level awareness programmes, in partnership with Shakti Samuha, has started. Together we launched a Training for Trainers (TFT) programme for teachers from 12 schools where they become advocates of keeping children safe in schools. The training focused on reducing vulnerability of human trafficking among children especially girls, promoting education focusing on girls education. This started with the development of an Anti-Trafficking module which was approved by the Department of Education in Nepal.
The objectives of the TFT were developing local human resources in the campaign against human trafficking by providing conceptual clarity of human trafficking and child protection issues along legal procedures to strengthen child protection system within the community. Taught Not Trafficked follows a preventive outlook towards trafficking with a focus on building children’s and communities’ resilience to abuse, exploitation and trafficking through child-led school and community-based engagements.
The project envisions to break barriers to girls’ education such as lack of parental support focusing 12 schools in 3 VDCs (Thangpaaldhap, Thangpaalkot and Bashkharka). Strategy has been formed for community development, enabling children at high risk of trafficking to complete their education, supporting them in raising awareness of the dangers of child trafficking and the importance of education to keep children ,especially girls, in schools.
The TFT focused on group discussions, brainstorming, experience sharing and forging their plan for the future in safeguarding children.
Following the TFT the teachers are now lobbying with district and village level government bodies for effective safeguarding mechanisms to be in place. The teachers are interacting with parents during community group meetings. The door to door awareness by survivors of trafficking is planned to begin soon.
National level lobbying with HIDR
In partnership with Himal Innovative Development and Research (HIDR) centre, we've kickstarted an evidence based advocacy campaign, lobbying for change at the national policy level by adding value to government anti-trafficking initiatives based on best practice models.
We've developed modules and manuals on the rule of law and civic responsibility. These are being shared with all teachers and youth leaders in the working districts of Nepal and subsequent training will follow.
Additionally, lobbying meetings initiated with the relevant government bodies on development of policy review including national and district level consultations will take place in the following months.
We carried out an extensive research project between 2010 and 2013 in Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot into the primary cause of child trafficking within the districts. You can read our findings report by clicking here.