Misa Hosts Focus Group Discussion

Pupils from various schools attended an interesting focus group discussion on 18 June, organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) in partnership with Save The Children to discuss children’s rights.

The discussion, held at the Kayec Children’s Trust in Katutura, revolved around the theme ‘child friendly free quality education’ based on the Day of the African Child which was celebrated on 16 June.

Hosted by Misa’s Lizette Feris, pupils discussed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as well as other issues affecting children today.

The pupils present were able to partake in a few activities, including answering a few questions about parental issues they might face in the future.

Henry Kadwe, a representative from the Media Network on Child Rights and Development explained in detail the United Nations Convention of the Right of the Child (UNCRC) and its four pillars as well as the African Children’s Charter, which is an integral document that all children should be made aware of.

“Children are a responsibility to society. They are a part of society and society must take care of them.”

Pupils selected ambassadors to represent them at the first out of three focus group discussions, which will take place in the future. As soon as these ambassadors are chosen, they will run an election campaign against each other at the end of the year.

“All of these activities will lead up to more activities for a special event planned for September,” Feris said.

Pupils from Jan Moumlhr Secondary School, Academia Secondary School and others were in attendance and they will certainly love this piece of news: these talks will be filmed and documented so that it is accessible to a wider network.

Remember to keep a sharp eye out for these focus groups and perhaps you too can be part of something great.

Source : The Namibian