A snapshot of programs conducted in July 2020
PEaCE – ECPAT Sri Lanka reached 294 important stakeholders in July through training and awareness programs on sexual abuse and exploitation of children, particularly sexual abuse and exploitation of children online and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
PEaCE – ECPAT Sri Lanka-conducted an awareness program on Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children for 110 community leaders on 2 July 2020. Participants included doctors, nurses, police officers, officers from the Zonal Education Office, child protection officers of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and representatives of civil society organizations. The participants were all members of the Child Protection Committee of the Hambantota district. The program was conducted at the Hambantota District Secretariat.
PEaCE – ECPAT Sri Lanka conducted a training program on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) and Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (SECO) for 22 Village Child Development Committee (VCDC) members on 3 July 2020 at the District Secretariat, Hambantota.
A training program on Child Sexual Exploitation was conducted for 39 Village Child Development Committee members. The program was held at the Karaitivu Divisional Secretariat in the Ampara District on 16 July 2020
A training program was conducted for 30 participants including Child Protection Officers of the National Child Protection Authority, Early Childhood Development Officers, Child Rights Promotion Officers of the Department of Probation and Child Care Services and Counselling Teachers. The components of the training included rights of the child, sexual abuse and exploitation of children, particularly the sexual exploitation of children online and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. The training took place at the District Secretariat in Ampara on 16 and 17 July. It was organised in collaboration with the Child Protection Officer of Ampara.
Based on action plans prepared during the training, the participants will utilise the knowledge gathered to follow up on their own with trainings and awareness sessions for identified groups within their beneficiary segments. The participants are due to meet once again with the PEaCE team in three months for a review on the trainings and awareness programs conducted by them.
An awareness raising program on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation was held for 43 parents from the Ampara district at the Akkaraipattu Divisional Secretariat office on 17 July 2020. It was an opportunity for the community to learn about the importance of child protection and be better informed on the available mechanisms for making complaints when incidents of abuse occur.
Because youth can make a difference: A training was conducted for 25 members of the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) in the Nuwara Eliya district last weekend. The program which was on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Sri Lanka was held on 24th and 25th July 2020.
Youth are a key element in the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation. PEaCE – ECPAT Sri Lanka conducted a training program for 25 youth leaders of the National Youth Services Council. The topic was ‘Ending Child Exploitation and Abuse’. The training took place at the Nuwara Eliya Cooperative Training Center on 24th and 25th July 2020.