In collaboration with Save the Children, Secretariat of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) is organizing the Training and Workshop on Strengthening Child Protection (CP) in AU Peace Support Operations (PSOs), and for the African Standby Force (ASF) and other African-led Peace Support Operations (PSO). The workshop will be hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in Accra, Ghana, from 22-26 February 2016.
The training and workshop forms part of the support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, for Save the Children to implement a project to strengthen child protection in African Union Peace Support Operations in Eastern and West Africa. The project has a specific purpose to facilitate the inclusion of standardized and mandatory child rights and child protection pre-deployment training for contributing troops and equip them with the skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to violence against children during and after conflict, as part of the full operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF).
The main purpose of the workshop is to harmonize and standardize child protection (CP) training delivered by the RECs/RMs, AU Member States and member institutions of the Association for ASF and other African-led PSOs.
The main objectives of the CP training harmonization and standardization workshop are to:
- Review and validate CP training curricula developed by Save the Children, in consultation with the RECs/RMs, Member States and APSTA member institutions.
- Update, harmonize and standardize the content of CP training relating to AU/UN missions, the ASF and other African-led missions.
- Develop a roll out plan for the CP knowledge management system with the RECs/RMs, Member States and APSTA member institutions for AU PSOs, ASF and other African-led missions.