SCG, YMCA Initiative to Prevent Violence against Children

first_imgSearch for Common Ground (SFCG), in partnership with the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia,  has initiated a program aimed at preventing violence against children.At a one-day validation workshop in Monrovia, the two groups made presentations on the theme, “Engaging Children and Youth as Partners in Preventing Violence against Children.”In their separate presentations, the group with one accord expressed the belief that many children were being dislocated from their parents as a result of child trafficking.According to them, people leave the urban areas for the interior to get people’s children under the impression that they would send the children to school, but as they bring them, the children become domestic slaves and are faced with violence.Another form of violence, the groups said involves early marriage of girl children.Presenters lamented that many parents force their girls into early marriages with the intent of providing daily bread for them; something SFCG and YMCA believe is detrimental to the rights of a child.Earlier, SFCG Country Director, Oscar Bloh, explained that the global objective of the project is to contribute to the eradication of all forms of violence against children.He said the project is youth-led, but will have an adult support, and is also implemented in Sierra Leone and Guinea.The program, according to Mr. Bloh, is divided into four phases with the first dealing with desk review and the second having to do with evidence sharing methods.The third phase, he said, will also be evidence sharing method and the fourth will deal with how these methods can be used for future   evidence.He maintained that the project  will be heavily directed at  children and youth centered interests and research, noting that its outcome is expected to come up with recommendations that will advocate for multi-sectoral implementation of actions and new policies that will address the needs of children and the youth.For his part, the YMCA national general secretary E. Edward Gboe, noted that child protection and the fight for child rights are very challenging in Liberia, and that addressing them needs a lot of efforts by stakeholders.He expressed the hope that YMCA and its partners will ensure a positive outcome that will enhance child protection and child rights in the country are formulated.The program was sponsored by the European Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFOOTBALL’S worst kept secret was finally made public tonight as Shay Given signed a five year deal with Aston Villa.Given, 35, had been out of favour at Manchester City since the rise to prominence of England No 1 Joe Hart.And having been linked with a number of clubs, Alex McLeish has made the Republic of Ireland international his first signing as Villa boss. “Aston Villa is a huge football club and I’m really excited to be joining,” said the Lifford man.“I’m looking forward to training and playing with the players here. They’re a good bunch of lads, very talented and I know several of them already which will help.“Everyone knows that I didn’t play enough football last season, so I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to put that right here. Hopefully, this move will get me back to where I was before in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be playing.“Obviously, I’m also excited to be working with Alex McLeish and it’s going to be a fresh start for everybody at the club this season. “It’s also a new challenge and one I’m eager to embrace. My aim is to impress the Aston Villa supporters with my performances and I can’t wait really to get started.’Villa manager Alex McLeish said: “Shay has come here probably with something of a point to prove and that won’t do any harm at all.“Everybody who has watched him perform over many years in the Premier League will know his pedigree, so we believe we have secured the services of one of the best goalkeepers in the business.”“He’s a real competitor and a world-class keeper and I’m delighted he’s the first signing I’ve made at Villa.”Earlier, defender Richard Dunne welcomed his international team-mate’s arrival. He said: “I spoke to him earlier in the week, he just wanted to get here and get started/ He was frustrated over the way things have gone over the last year, I think he just wants to get playing again and he’ll be looking forward to it.“I spoke to him on Friday when he got here and I think he was surprised about how good the facilities and the setup are here at Bodymoor.”‘I think it’s a good opportunity for Shay to get back to playing football and I think it’s one he’s really looking forward to.”BREAKING NEWS: SHAY GIVEN SIGNS FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH VILLA AND DECLARES: ‘I’M EXCITED’ was last modified: July 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aston VillaShay Givenlast_img read more