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PLAN commences child protection training

PLAN commences child protection training

Plan International Sierra Leone yesterday commenced two-day training on Child Protection and Sensitive Reporting for Media Practitioners at its Country Office on Cantonment Road off Kingharman Road, Freetown.

In his opening statement, the Deputy Country Director of Plan International Sierra Leone, Mr. Farai Zisengwe, welcomed participants to a training that would help increase their media knowledge on how to report on gender and child protection issues.

The child representative, Ms. Emmanuela Emanuel, extended warm greetings to the participants on behalf of Sierra Leonean children with particular reference to the children of ‘YACAN Pikin Varanda Platform’.

She stressed that the training initiative by Plan International clearly indicated that International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) is committed to training media practitioners on how to improve the way of reporting and presenting stories on children especially the girl-child who uses the media to advocate on issues that affect the girl-child through the ‘YACAN Pikin Varanda Radio’ programme on Sundays on Radio Democracy FM 98.1.

Ms. Emmanuela Emanuel described the abuse of children as a human right violation that impedes their development which she observed is not only on the increase in Sierra Leone but the African continent as well.

She lamented that the stories of the abuse of children are either inadequately reported or are left untold.

Ms. Emmanuela Emmanuel therefore appealed to the media to help disseminate information on child abuse which is human right violation.

Kadiatu Bachalle—Taylor, who presented statement on gender awareness, dilated on the concept of gender and sex.

Mariama Zombo, the facilitator on Gender, Women’s Rights and Justice linked the concept to the Independent Media Commission (IMC) Media Code of Practice with regards to media guidelines for reporting on Gender Based Violence (GBV), while the Child Protection and Child Rights Advisor at Plan International, Madam Ramatu Kargbo, lectured on the meaning of child protection in development and in emergencies.

Other speakers included the President of Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Kelvin Lewis, IMC Commissioner, Patricia Ganda and other stakeholders respectively.

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