TRAINING SESSION OF CSOs IN ADVOCACY RELATED TOPICS

 

1. INTRODUCTION
CLADHO in partnership with SAVE THE CHILDREN Intl is implementing a five year program that  intends to create a society where children enjoy their rights through an accountable government.  It does so by firstly strengthening the capacity of civil society actors and children to hold the Government of Rwanda to account for children’s rights; Secondly, influencing public financing patterns to more benefit children; thirdly, strengthening child protection systems to prevent and respond to violence against children; lastly, creating changes in policies, legislations and practices at both community and central level.
The program has 2 components and related objectives and outcomes as follows:
COMPONENT 1: CHILD RIGHTS GOVERNANCE
Objective 1: Government of Rwanda adopts changes in legislation, policies and practices in child rights as a result of CSOS and children advocacy

Outcome 1.1: Civil society organizations and children are effectively monitoring child rights in Rwanda

Outcome 1.2: Government of Rwanda strengthens Child rights institutions and puts in place systems to fulfill children’s rights.
Outcome 1.3 Public budgets are more children sensitive and equitable for all children in Rwanda
COMPONENT 2: CHILD PROTECTION
Objective 2: Child protection systems are strengthened to prevent and respond to violence against children
Outcome 2.1:  Strengthened legal framework protects children from physical and humiliating punishment in all settings
Outcome 2.2: Community-based child protection systems are strengthened and prevent violence against children
Outcome 2.3: Homes, communities and community based alternative care are free from violenceagainst children
2. JUSTIFICATION OF THE ACTIVITY
This activity called training CSOs on advocacy related topics falls under the COMPONENT 1, outcome1.1:“Civil society organizations and children are effectively monitoring child rights in Rwanda”. Therefore this activity will allow CSOs to monitor and demanding child rights at different levels in Rwanda. By bringing necessary knowledge and skills in advocacy, the activity will help the implementing partners and other CSOs participating in the training to effectively engage with different decision makers to address policy issues threatening voiceless rights especially children in Rwanda.
3. TRAINING AGENDA
The training agenda will focus on the following advocacy topics:

  1. WHY ADVOCACY IS IMPORTANT
  2. KEY CONCEPTS
  3. FOUNDATIONS OF ADVOCACY
  4. PERCEPTION OF ADVOCACY IN RWANDA
  5. PRINCIPLES OF ADVOCACY
  6. STAGES OF ADVOCACY
  7. CROSS CUTTING ADVOCACY ISSUES

4. EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES OF THE TRAINING
4.1. OUTPUTS
At the end of the training:

  1. The participants have acquired knowledge and skills on public policy advocacy approach ad mechanism
  2. The participants are aware of the importance of the advocacy in their respective works
  3. The participants are committed to promote child rights through an evidence based advocacy process at different levels

4.2. OUTCOMES
At the end of the project, the CSOs implementing partners with the support of CLADHO, are conducting an evidence based advocacy at different levels to effectively monitor and demand child rights in Rwanda
5. ABOUT THE TRAINING
5.1. METHODOLOGY
The training will use adult training techniques and will be participatory. The trainer will most of the time play the role of facilitator to allow participants exploiting their different experiences in advocacy.
The participants will express their expectations which will orient the trainer during the training sessions. At the end of the training, the satisfaction of the participants in relation to their expectations will be assessed. The training is divided into four sessions. The duration of each session is 3 hours. For each session the trainer will propose the following elements:

  1. Learning objectives
  2. Introductive questions to assess the knowledge of the participants on the topic
  3. The PPT presentation
  4. Working group activities
  5. Plenary work
  6. Brainstorming on key emerging questions
  7. Summary of the session by the participants

5.2. TRAINING MATERIALS
The following training materials will be used in this training:

  1. Projector
  2. Flipcharts
  3. Markers
  4. Notebooks
  5. Pens
  6. Zopp cards

 

5.3.EVALUATION
At the end of the training, the trainer will evaluate how the training was successful. The evaluation will include: (1) the knowledge acquired, (2) the participation, (3) the trainer skills, (4) the methodology and (5) the logistics.
6. WAYFORWARD
CLADHO will ensure the impact of the training through monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy activities within the CSOs partners.
7.CONCLUSION
Like other project’s activities, this one was requested by the CSOs partners during the elaboration of the project proposal and we hope it will be useful for them not only to achieve the project’s objectives, but also to play effectively their role of advocating for voiceless people among the Rwandan population.