Emirates News Agency – MoCD organizes 57 awareness sessions for 3,200 children, teenagers, families and specialists

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DUBAI, 27th July, 2022 (WAM) — Since 2021, the Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) has held over 57 educational seminars targeting over 3,200 community members including children, adolescents, parents and community specialists. protection of the family.

These seminars are part of efforts to introduce prevention laws, programs and initiatives to protect children and educate families about the negative impact of drugs and prevention methods. The educational vision of the ministry is based on the protection of children towards a correct and balanced education of children in support of the aims and objectives of the ministry aimed at promoting family stability and their well-being.

Eman Hareb Al Falahi, Director of Social Welfare Department at MoCD, revealed that in 2021, about ten workshops were held, benefiting 507 people to spread the culture of child rights in the community. The ministry has also set up four specialist workshops under the Special Olympics UAE Sports and Culture Club Child Coordinators Program to train 51 specialists to improve child protection efforts in the clubs.

She said: “The ministry has stepped up its educational efforts by targeting more than 750 early childhood children with four workshops as part of the ‘I Don’t Accept’ preventive awareness program to protect children and train them not to acceptance of abuse through appropriate methods. The ministry also held 20 workshops to sensitize families on the negative impacts of drugs and ways to prevent them. It targeted approximately 1,225 people in addition to six other educational workshops entitled “Together towards an environment without domestic violence” involving 450 people in collaboration with the MSF regional office.

During the first quarter of 2022, the ministry organized more than 13 educational workshops targeting more than 200 people from different categories of the community. During the Emirati Children’s Day, a workshop was organized under the preventive awareness program “I do not accept” to protect children and introduce them to the Child Rights Law. Held in Abu Dhabi Libraries and overseen by the Abu Dhabi Department of Tourism and Culture, the workshops were attended by 52 children. Around six workshops were also held to educate families on the impact of drugs at Customers’ Happiness Centers in Um al-Qaiwain, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Dibba Al Fujairah and Bani Yas, involving 445 people. Further sensitization workshops on the Child Rights Act were held for 77 parents and staff in a number of schools, while further sensitization sessions on the children’s rights targeted municipal officials in the United Arab Emirates for 28 participants.

Al Falahi pointed out that the ministry is very keen to spread the culture of children’s rights in the community through sensitization workshops on the Child Rights Law “Wadeema” and its implementing regulations.

The ministry is focusing its efforts on supporting child protection coordinators in sports clubs affiliated with the United Arab Emirates Special Olympics UAE Football Association to support children who may be at risk of abuse during the practice of sports activities, endeavoring to solve their problems in cooperation with all child protection units, as stipulated. in the Federal Law No. (3) of 2016 on the Child Rights Law “Wadeema” and the authorities competent in children’s matters to create a safe and nurturing environment and to assist them in an appropriate manner.

To complement this process, this year the ministry continues to train more than 120 UAE Football Association and Special Olympics UAE coordinators.

Last year, the ministry set up a series of workshops for children in early childhood, within the framework of the “I do not accept” program and the means that children can resort to in the event of abuse of any kind. All events are carried out using applications (kahoot) to provide information to children in an innovative way based on techniques that appeal to children aged three to eight. The app asks questions that help children answer them in innovative ways, including their protection from abuse and bullying through an electronic system. After collecting children’s comments, the application corrects their perceptions of certain values ​​and informs them of children’s rights enshrined in law.

In 2021, the MoCD continued its sustainable development role through programs and awareness initiatives in collaboration with the National Drug Prevention Program (SIRAJ) under the Drug Control Council and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Together they organized a series of 20 awareness workshops.

As part of the “My protection a priority” campaign titled “Together towards an environment free from domestic violence” in collaboration with the regional office of Medicine Without Borders (MSF) in the UAE, the ministry last year launched a series of awareness workshops on violence prevention.

Six workshops were held targeting some 450 adults and young people, women and men, and determined individuals on methods of protection against abuse in all its forms.

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