Upholding child rights lies at heart of new Center on Child Protection at University of Indonesia
Jakarta, 15 December 2010 – Following the global commemoration of Human Rights Day on 10 December, Universitas Indonesia (UI) has highlighted the role of its new Center on Child Protection (Pusat Kajian Perlindungan Anak) in helping ensure children’s fundamental rights to protection from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect are upheld in Indonesia.
The Center is an initiative supported by a number of partners including the Indonesian National Development Planning Ministry, USAID, Columbia University and UNICEF.
“This collaboration between academic institutions and development agencies, in support of the Government of Indonesia demonstrates the huge steps that can be taken for a better future for children when we come together with a shared vision,” said Center Co-Director Professor Irwanto.
“We have a responsibility to the children of Indonesia to ensure that the plans we make, the investments we prioritise and the policies that we adopt are all based on solid evidence,” said UNICEF Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney. “Effective research is critical to effective decision-making that in turn leads to designing the best possible future for a nation’s youngest generation.”
Mr. Dedi M Riadi, Expert Staff of the Ministry of National Development Planning, Ms. Y. Puspito, Deputy for Child Protection at the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, UNICEF Indonesia’s Chief of Social Policy Niloufar Pourzand, and Deputy Chief of the US Mission Ted Osius officially launched the USAID-funded Center on Child Protection today.
The launch was accompanied by a conference on “Innovative Research and Practices in the Care and Protection of Children,” which examined technical innovations in informed child protection programming and the need for social and legal policy reform.
Recent studies have shown that the absence of critical data – including prevalence of cases, prevalence of risk factors, and evaluation data - has contributed to insufficient resource allocation, inadequate prevention and protection services, and a lack of evidence-based programming and budgeting. Building a healthy child protection information system requires increasing organizational capacity to fill these gaps.
The Center pursues its goals through three inter-related sets of activities: research to support systems- and evidenced-based programming and policy development, training and advocacy to build the capacity of government officials and civil society practitioners, and curriculum support to offer a skills-based concentration that prepares future generations dedicated to improving the well-being of children in Indonesia.
For more information, please contact the Center on Child Protection at +62 21-788-49181, or visit them at www.puskapa.org