Trainings and Awareness programs: August, September and October 2020

Trainings and Awareness programs: August, September and October 2020

Over the three-month period covering August, September and October 2020, PEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lanka reached 767 important actors through awareness and training sessions. The programs focused on sexual abuse and exploitation of children, particularly sexual abuse and exploitation of children online and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.

Empowering youth to protect children: A 2-day training was conducted for 30 members of the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) on ending sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The session focused on Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, and Child Protection. The program was conducted on 15th and 16th August at the Nillambe Cooperative Center in Kandy. The Youth Service Officer of Kandy coordinated the program.

A training was conducted for 45 Village Child Development Committee (VCDC) members of the Gampaha district on 21st August. The one-day program covered key subjects such as Preventing Child Abuse, Ending Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism. The training took place at the Biyagama Divisional Secretariat and was organized in collaboration with the District Child Rights Promotion Officer (DCRPO) of Gampaha.

A Training of trainers program was conducted for 30 youth leaders in the Gampaha district on 26th August. The training focused on Ending Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation including Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism. The training took place at Star Garden Hotel in Kirindiwela, and was organized with the support of the Youth Service Officer of Gampaha.

The Assistant Divisional Secretary of the Dompe Divisional Secretariat, the Officer-in-Charge of the Children and Women Bureau at the Kirindiwela Police Station, village officials and youth services officers of Dompe and Kirindiwela division also participated at the inauguration of the training program.  

An awareness program on Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children was conducted for 99 community leaders in the Gampaha district on 27th August. It was an opportunity for the community to learn about the importance of child protection and gain knowledge on the available mechanisms for making complaints when incidents of abuse occur. The program was organized in collaboration with the District Child Rights Promotion Officer of Gampaha.

A training on ending sexual exploitation of children was held for 39 officers of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women. The participants were from 4 police divisions of the Southern Province. The program was conducted by PEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lanka with funding from Lemonaid and Charitea Foundation at the Ranminithenna Tele Cinema Village in Tissamaharama, on 16 September. This was one of 9 training programs for officers of the Bureau, organised by SSP Bimsani Jasingharachchi who was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General recently.

A training on ending sexual abuse and exploitation of children was conducted for 49 officers of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women of the Western Province. Participants from Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha Districts took part in the 2-day training from 23rd to 24th September. The training was organized in collaboration with the Director of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women.

40 officers of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women in the Sabaragamuwa Province were provided a 2-day training on ending child sexual abuse and exploitation. The training took place at the Management Training and Development Center in Pussella on 29th and 30th September. The program was organized in collaboration with the Director of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women.

An awareness program on sexual exploitation of children was conducted for 435 students of the Samudra Devi Balika Vidyalaya in Nugegoda, on 2nd October. The sessions were coordinated by members of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women of the Mirihana Police (Western Province) who had undergone training with PEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lanka on ending sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

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