By Samsideen Ceesay
Over twenty officials from Ding-Ding Yiriwa Federation affiliated to Child Fund-The Gambia has recently concluded a one-day refresher training on child protection issues.
The one day intensive training held at Tanji Community Center is an initiative spearheaded by Ding-Ding Yiriwaa federation and brought together participants from child fund affiliated associations to be train on child protection issues as well as the national legislative instruments governing the protection of children in the country.
The federation also doled out bed sheets and mattresses to its sponsor children courtesy of Ding-Ding Yiriwaa Federation.
Lamin Badjie, Community Mobiliser, Ding-Ding Yiriwa Federation, said: “When we said child protection, we specifically refer to children either being enrolled in our program or not. Every child’s protection should be our concerned since we are child specialists; we are working directly with the children.
“Child fund is mainly focus on the wellbeing of the children; therefore their protection is very vital. We need not to ignore the protection of any child within the community, their protection is key to the promotion of child friendly environment in the country.”
Buba Dampha, the program coordinator and sponsorship, Ding-Ding Yiriwa Federation, said it is their responsibility to ensure that children are protected.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that the children we work for are fulfilled. They can only be protected and grown to adults if the enabling environment is created.
“And how do they get that environment is us creating that, it’s us mentoring them, it’s us coaching them, it’s us showing them the right path to follow,” he said.
Commenting further, the project coordinator said: “We need to coach, mentor, train and inculcate good behavioral change in our children. This training will expose you the participants to the practical issues confronting child protection as well as bring out tangible examples.”