Trainings and Awareness programs: August, September and October 2020
Over the three-monthperiod covering August, September and October 2020, PEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lankareached 767 important actors through awareness and training sessions. Theprograms focused on sexual abuse and exploitation of children, particularlysexual abuse and exploitation of children online and sexual exploitation ofchildren in travel and tourism.
Empowering youth toprotect children: A 2-day training was conducted for 30 members of the NationalYouth Services Council (NYSC) on ending sexual abuse and exploitation ofchildren. The session focused on Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation,and Child Protection. The program was conducted on 15th and 16thAugust at the Nillambe Cooperative Center in Kandy. The Youth Service Officerof Kandy coordinated the program.
A training wasconducted for 45 Village Child Development Committee (VCDC) members of theGampaha district on 21st August. The one-day program covered keysubjects such as Preventing Child Abuse, Ending Online Sexual Exploitation ofChildren and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism. Thetraining took place at the Biyagama Divisional Secretariat and was organized incollaboration with the District Child Rights Promotion Officer (DCRPO) ofGampaha.
A Training oftrainers program was conducted for 30 youth leaders in the Gampaha district on26th August. The training focused on Ending Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitationincluding Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and Sexual Exploitation ofChildren in Travel and Tourism. The training took place at Star Garden Hotel inKirindiwela, and was organized with the support of the Youth Service Officer ofGampaha.
The AssistantDivisional Secretary of the Dompe Divisional Secretariat, the Officer-in-Chargeof the Children and Women Bureau at the Kirindiwela Police Station, villageofficials and youth services officers of Dompe and Kirindiwela division alsoparticipated at the inauguration of the training program.
An awareness program on Child Abuse,Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children was conducted for 99community leaders in the Gampaha district on 27th August. It wasan opportunity for the community to learn about the importance of childprotection and gain knowledge on the available mechanisms for making complaintswhen incidents of abuse occur. The program was organized in collaboration withthe District Child Rights Promotion Officer of Gampaha.
A training onending sexual exploitation of children was held for 39 officers of the Bureaufor the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women. The participants were from 4police divisions of the Southern Province. The program was conducted byPEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lanka with funding from Lemonaid and Charitea Foundation at theRanminithenna Tele Cinema Village in Tissamaharama, on 16 September. This wasone of 9 training programs for officers of the Bureau, organised by SSP BimsaniJasingharachchiwhowas promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General recently.
A training onending sexual abuse and exploitation of children was conducted for 49 officersof the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women of the WesternProvince. Participants from Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha Districts took partin the 2-day training from 23rd to 24th September. The training was organizedin collaboration with the Director of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse ofChildren and Women.
40 officers of theBureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women in the SabaragamuwaProvince were provided a 2-day training on ending child sexual abuse andexploitation. The training took place at the Management Training andDevelopment Center in Pussella on 29th and 30thSeptember. The program was organized in collaboration with the Director of the Bureaufor the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Women.
An awarenessprogram on sexual exploitation of children was conducted for 435 students ofthe Samudra Devi Balika Vidyalaya in Nugegoda, on 2nd October. Thesessions were coordinated by members of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuseof Children and Women of the Mirihana Police (Western Province) who hadundergone training with PEaCE-ECPAT Sri Lanka on ending sexual abuse andexploitation of children.