October 25-29, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm HKT
The COVID-19 pandemic affects, directly and indirectly, children around the world. They were left hungry, abused, isolated, and are even facing mental health problems. The education of children has been disrupted. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that schools for more than 168 million children globally have been closed for almost a year due to lockdowns. Furthermore, 1 out of 7 children has missed more than three-quarters of their in-person learning. School closures, lockdowns, and social distancing measures increased the risks of children’s exposure to domestic violence, abuse, and exploitation. They have limited or no access to protection, prevention, and response services. In a recent report of UNICEF (August 2020), 1.8 billion children live in the 104 countries where violence prevention and response services have been disrupted. South Asia and Central Asia have the highest proportion of countries reporting service disruptions. These are just some of the issues that continue to affect children globally during the pandemic. But even before the pandemic, malnutrition, poverty, conflict, and protection issues have already heavily impacted the children, particularly in poor countries.
The United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to protect children. But despite the ratification and adoption of the Convention and the SDGs by the countries, millions of children continue to be “left behind” and denied of their rights especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Violation of child rights is a human rights and peace issue. Young people can play a significant role in advocating and protecting their rights. Thus, through this workshop, ICF aims to raise the consciousness of the young people of different faiths on child rights and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected them.
This virtual workshop aims that the young people participants will be able to;
- Identify how the covid19 COVID-19 pandemic affected the children;
- Examine the child protection issues and how their rights are protected during the pandemic;
- Explain the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and examine what the governments and their agencies have done on this matter before and during the pandemic;
- Identify and discuss the responses of government and other entities to support and protect children during the pandemic;
- For those interested, create a small doable project that is relevant to their communities.
|Day 1: October 25, 2021||How COVID-19 affected children: A Situationer||Ms. Mona Mariano, Country Gender Specialist, Plan International Philippines
Ms. Minerva Cabiles, Child Rights and Governance Advisor, Save the Children Philippines
|Day 2: October 26, 2021||The UN Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC), its Significance, and Child Protection Issues during the Pandemic||Ms. Dolores Alforte
|Day 3: October 27, 2021||Government responses to the Call to Support and Protect the Children during the Pandemic||PCol Shiela Templonuevo-Portento
Chief, Women Children Protection Center-Philippine National Police Anti-Trafficking in Persons DivisionAtty. Maria Roda Cisnero
Senior Program Officer
Law and Human Rights
|Day 4: October 28, 2021||NGOs Responses to the Call to Support and Protect the Children during the Pandemic||Ms. Ma. Concepcion T. Sangil
Core Member and Coalition Representative
CyberGuardiansPhMs. Shrinkhala Thapa
Regional Coordinator for South Asia, ECPAT International
|Day 5: October 29, 2021||Participants Sharing and Discussion||ICF and Participants|
Who can participate in the Virtual Workshop?
The Virtual Thematic Workshop is open to young people from different faiths in Asia. They can register as regular or non-regular participants.
ICF welcomes a limited number of participants for both regular and nonregular participants. ICF will screen registrations to ensure balance in gender, country representation, religion, and interest in the workshop.
Regular participants are those who will choose to attend the five days session. To give chance to others, ICF will accept a maximum of forty (40) regular participants. ICF will also give priority to new participants, those who have not participated in any ICF virtual thematic workshops. ICF alumni who have attended only one or two ICF virtual workshops are also welcomed to register. Upon admission, participants are required to;
– Actively participate during the sessions and the follow-up discussion;
– Submit a well thought written reflection on the four-day sessions. The reflection must include a personal plan on what to do with the knowledge gained during the workshop.
The registered as regular participants who actively participate in all the sessions and submit their reflections will receive a subsidy for their internet connection expenses. This internet subsidy is not an entitlement. ICF encourages the participants to also submit a small doable project, preferably as a group, if they are geographically located near each other.
Register as regular participants here.
Non-Regular participants are those who will choose to attend only one or two sessions and are not required to submit reflection papers and attend the sharing of reflections on Day 5. Non-regular participants will not qualify for internet subsidies. A maximum of twenty (20) participants will be admitted as non-regular participants.
Register as non-regular participants here.