By Loveness Nyathi
Trinity Project, a local civil society organisation (CSO), last week held two training sessions in Inyathi and Ntabazinduna communities of Matabeleland North province with the aim of strengthening the capacity of Child Protection Committees (CPCs), Village Health Workers and community leaders to be able to respond to child protection issues related to the right to identity.
Trinity Project is a child centred organisation, which aims to reduce school dropout cases through the provision of free education and support on inheritance and child rights issues.
Speaking to Amakhosikazi Media on the sidelines of the training, the project’s director, Mr Phumulani Mpofu, said the training was about child protection issues and “community- level change in attitudes and behaviours surrounding birth registration issues.”
Mpofu said CPCs are better equipped to handle cases of access to documentation, raise the voices of the most marginalised groups of children and influence policy at District level. He added that the training aimed at increasing the capacity of child protection committees, village health workers and community leaders to be able to spearhead child protection issues in their communities.
Mpofu also said that their mission of training communities was achieved as the CPCs demonstrated increased knowledge on child protection issues after the training.
“The CPCs are now able to raise awareness on the importance of child protection,” he said.
Efforts to get comments from people who were trained were fruitless due to stringent circumstances on the ground.
Amakhosikazi media gathered from the participants that the operational space for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) had since become difficult since the January shut-down with rural district administration offices denying NGOs and CSOs from freely conducting field activities in the absence of government officials.