Children Lead the Way (CLTW) is a 5 year project implemented by AfCiC with support from Save the Children. The project is implemented in Kiambu County and neighbouring districts with efforts focused in Kamwangi, Gatanga, Ruiru and Thika Town. CLTW implementation is guided by the standards and principles set out in the UN Convention for the Right of the Child (UNCRC). This ensures that the programme and advocacy work are based on two key activities, which are;
- Helping duty bearers meet their obligations to children and;
- Supporting children as right holders to claim their rights
The project implementation can be summarised in a three pillar tool in child rights programming as follows:
Pillar one focusses on direct support where children in public primary schools are supplied with school packs that include uniforms, subsidised school fees for secondary school students and vocational skills training to working children through apprenticeship. In addition, we also help provide safety gear for working children and tools to start own business are provided. Livelihood support is extended to needy families to enable support their children.
Pillar two focusses on influencing policy and advocacy work and lobbying for support on particular issues that need to be addressed. So far, in collaboration with Kenya Alliance of Advancement of Children Rights (KAACR), we have been involved in the child labour policy enactment process where children from the Thika region, with AfCiC ‘support, joined other children at the national level to draft a memorandum of understanding to be presented to the parliamentarians. Children’s departments in the region, supported by CLTW, have looked to advocate for children issues during international events such as the Day of the African Child.
Pillar three is focused on building constituencies where the capacities of stakeholders are built. Children, their families, and the communities are empowered to participate in child development effectively. The governments’ efforts are complemented to ensure children rights are secured. To date, life skills sessions have been conducted with children both in and out of school, working children have been grouped to enable the effective and efficient provision of services, and we have conducted training on child right and child participation with teachers, parent teachers associations, community gate keepers, Police Officers and caregivers in the community.