Child Rights Alliance (CRA) members participated in a capacity building session on Leadership and Juvenile Justice at the Rights of the Child Commission boardroom on February 13, 2018. CRA members represented at the session were RCC, Heavenly Light World Outreach Fellowship, Rights of the Child Committee (Regions Three and Five) and ChildLinK. The facilitator of the session was Amar Panday (Chief Executive Officer, Rights of the Child Commission).
The first topic for discussion was: Governance and Sustainable Human Development. Sustainable human development should not be limited to economic growth. It encompasses five areas:
More specifically, child poverty is not limited to financial depravity. Children who grow up without the opportunity to voice their concerns; children who grow up without a family community structure that nurtures them; and children who grow up without opportunities for human development fall under the category of child poverty.
The participants explored Alan Paton’s – author of Cry The Beloved Country – elements of a liberal creed. These are as follows:
- Generosity of spirit
- A tolerance for others
- An attempt to comprehend others
- A commitment to the rule of law
- A high ideal of the worth and dignity of man
- A repugnance of authoritarianism
- A love of freedom
Participants noted that leaders, especially those who focus on human rights issues, need to uphold the abovementioned principles. We need to see the value of each individual regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, etc. Participants also acknowledged that due to systemic weakness, many children are ‘in bondage’. Both parents and children need to be educated, especially on relevant social issues, in order to fulfill their potential.
Finally, the participants engaged in a discussion on a few points from the United Nations Guidelines on Preventing Juvenile Delinquency. This discussion focused on several fundamental principles of the guideline, the role of the family and education.