UNICEF commemorates World Children’s Day with children’s “take-overs”

06 November 2017
Show host Raai from CHSE and 2 staff from MoGF
MoGF/2017

World Children’s Day activities in over 130 countries to provide a platform for children to speak out about their concerns; advocate for children being left behind.

Malé, 20 November 2017 – In commemoration of the World Children’s Day (WCD), which also marks the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the UNICEF Maldives Office and the Ministry of Gender and Family (MoGF) have come together to facilitate children’s “take-overs” to give them their own platform and get them engaged in how they wish to chart out their lives, claim their rights, and fulfil their potential.

Under the leadership of the Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Zaki, the ministry supported 2 take-overs with adolescents. Firstly, 10 children (aged 16 -18) from the Centre for Higher Secondary Education and MAPS College, underwent a 3-day programme to learn the work of 5 main divisions of the ministry, take-over those departments for a day and present their experiences to the Minister and senior management. As a countdown to the 20 November WCD, the children got to experience the work carried out by the Child Rights, Elderly Rights, Disability Rights, Gender Affairs and Media divisions and recommend activities which they believed would enable further child participation and enhance the ministry’s work. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Children-led assessment of services provided by the different departments of the ministry nationally
  • Programmes to allow children and youth to volunteer at hospitals, senior citizen’s homes and other care facilities
  • Children-led awareness programmes on child rights and wellbeing, especially children with disabilities through stories-by-children, videos and social media/innovative technologies
  • Support groups for children with disabilities, their parents and the elderly

In the second #KidsTakeOver, children took the reins of a popular, morning TV talk show – Magey Raajje on Television Maldives to highlight the work done by MoGF on child rights, ending violence against children, children in state care and showcased the experience of the children who took-over the MoGF for a day. The child-host of the show took the audience through the different segments by a video documenting the 3-day takeover and interviewed key staff of the MoGF asking them about how the ministry ensured the wellbeing of children in state care, the work done to end violence against children, everyone’s role to stop the child abuse and how children can be empowered to identify and protect themselves from violence.

In the second #KidsTakeOver, children took the reins of a popular, morning TV talk show – Magey Raajje on Television Maldives to highlight the work done by MoGF on child rights, ending violence against children, children in state care and showcased the experience of the children who took-over the MoGF for a day. The child-host of the show took the audience through the different segments by a video documenting the 3-day takeover and interviewed key staff of the MoGF asking them about how the ministry ensured the wellbeing of children in state care, the work done to end violence against children, everyone’s role to stop the child abuse and how children can be empowered to identify and protect themselves from violence.

The MoGF staff explained the importance of knowing how to report violence against children, such as the national 1412 help line and the Ahan mobile app which allows individuals (including children) to report on cases of child abuse. Both the help line and app supported by UNICEF Maldives, provides anonymous reporting and timely feedback on cases submitted via responsible authorities.

Media contacts

Mohamed Yasir
Social and Behaviour Change Officer
UNICEF Maldives
Tel: +960 790-5580

Additional resources

Child participants of the take-over getting on hand-on experience at the ministry

Child participants of the take-over getting on hand-on experience at the ministry

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