“Our Children Are Our Future” is a Child Protection Facilitation Manual. It is built to teach local facilitators to follow the steps of a workshop to be held in villages.
It is for Vanuatu community leaders, faith based leaders, parents and caregivers to develop a better understanding of children. It draws attention to some of the important issues that children face in their development and aims to find solutions and give them tools to help overcome the difficult situations.
UNICEF Pacific, 2016
The “Our Children Are Our Future” Facilitation Manual for Vanuatu has been adapted from the Children Are a Precious Gift from God Facilitation Manual for Fiji, which drew from the Journey of Life Manual, UNICEF Myanmar and incorporated aspects of Positive Discipline, What it is and How to Do it by Save the Children Sweden, South East Asia and the Pacific. The Manual has been produced by the Child Protection Team, UNICEF Vanuatu, April, 2016
Ministry of Justice and Community Services, Director General, Mark Peter Bebe; Ministry of Justice and Community Services, Child Desk Coordinator, Elizabeth Emil; AVID Volunteer – Child Desk, Emily Ellis; UNICEF Pacific Child Protection Chief, Amanda Bissex; UNICEF Child Protection Officer, Joemela Simeon; Ministry of Youth, Senior Youth Officer, Rebecca Solomon; Senior Youth Employment Officer, Vira Taivakalo. The manual was drafted, pre-tested and finalised by UNICEF Consultant, Ana Laqeretabua.
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Some examples of the manual’s pages
Community growing Yam, symbol emphasising the importance of the role of parents, caregivers and the community leaders to support and guide the child to ensure the child develops well, similar to the growing of yam. Without proper support and guidance, there will not be a good harvest of yam. Similarly without the proper support and guidance, children will not develop well.
Child Development Stages. Illustrations used to discuss the physical development / general behaviour / common problems and needs of the child within each age group.
The Right to Life
The Right to Spiritual belief
The Right to Education
The Right to Health
The Right to Food Shelter
The Right to Protection / Food / Shelter
The Right to Identity
The Right to Participation
The Right to Protection
Child is crying, parent doesn’t know what to do
Child over excited, breaks things
Child doesn’t want to stop playing, mother needs to take him to school and go to work
Child wants to help mother making diner, mother is in a hurry
Children fighting for an object
Child upset with parent, doesn’t want to say why
Teenager doesn’t want to stop listening to music, parent doesn’t know how to deal with the situation
Teenager having his first tattoo done by a friend at home
Mother waiting for her teenage son who is late coming home
two sisters living without parents
child taking care of sick parent
Roads to danger
Circle of support
Broken circle of support
Community Action Plan