Strategy Development: Process Summary
In tandem with the National Children’s Agenda 2017-2030 and its Strategic Plan, the NCFC embarked on a participatory process to establish the national technical advisory working group and simultaneously develop the children and adolescent’s participation national strategy and action plan, 2018-2021.
To this end, an exploratory meeting with key state and non-state actors, inclusive of children and adolescents, was conducted in early October 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to tease out the feasibility of the TWG and solicit inputs for a process plan going forward.
Subsequently, draft terms of references for the TWG and the draft CAP Strategy was prepared and circulated for comments in November; these draft documents were subject to validation in a 2-Day Workshop conducted mid-December, 2017.
On the basis of the participant’s feedback and wider comments received, the draft strategy and plan was revised and resubmitted for review in March, 2018. The revised strategy and Plan was reviewed further by the TWG_CAP and validated in April, 2018.
The strategy focuses on the everyday lives of children and adolescents and the places and spaces in which they are entitled to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. Accordingly, the Strategy identifies the following core objectives and priority areas for action:
- Children and adolescents will have a voice in decisions made in their local communities;
- Children and adolescents will have a voice in decision-making in early education, schools and the wider formal and non-formal education systems;
- Children and adolescents will have a voice in decisions that affect their health and well-being, including on health and social services delivered to them;
- Children and adolescents will have a voice in the Courts and legal system
- Promote effective leadership to champion and mainstream CAP
- Promote capacity development (education and training) for professionals working with and on behalf of children and adolescents; and
- Mainstream CAP across the policy cycle
Cross-cutting elements underlying these identified strategies are:
- Recognition that children and adolescents have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives;
- Improving and establishing mechanisms to ensure the participation of vulnerable children and adolescents in decision-making; and the
- Collection of data, monitoring and evaluation of children and adolescents participation initiatives