Child Rights Governance

Government of Nepal’s cabinet meeting on 25 May 2011 declared all schools in the country as “Zones of Peace” (SZOP). The government declaration not only decided to ban all obstructions in schools such as strikes, closure, attacks, political interference and rallies but also to guarantee free passage to school buses at all times. SZOP is a campaign that was initiated when active armed conflict was going on in Nepal. During the initial stages, several organizations including Save the Children developed the concept of SZOP and started implementing the concept in individual schools declaring schools as zones of peace with involvement of different stakeholders in the community and advocated at various levels of the government.

Our work on Child Rights Governance (CRG) aims to help communities fulfil children’s rights by establishing and strengthening the necessary infrastructure and systems for the country to implement the United Nations’ Child Rights Convention. It is about supporting a vibrant civil society that calls for children’s rights to be pushed up the political agenda, and holding states accountable for what they have or have not done to realize children’s rights. 

Capacity Building:
Our CRG program supports formation of child clubs that promote and enhance child participation. This also includes teacher and community volunteer trainings, and supporting networks working on child participation.

Strengthening National Systems:
We focus on ensuring that state structures help promote and protect child rights, by improving the capacity of the Central and District Child Welfare Boards to implement, and/or get implemented, child rights at the national, district and local levels. Analysis of budget allocation for children and advocating for more and better spending on child rights is an integral part of this effort.

Child Rights Monitoring:
We support the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by supporting them to more effectively monitor child rights and follow up with the government on the implementation of child rights related recommendations. We promote monitoring of and campaigning on child rights by civil society organisations and networks. This also involves supporting and facilitating civil society networks to use international mechanisms for child rights monitoring, particularly supplementary report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council.

Promoting Child Rights, Non-discrimination and Child Participation:
The project focuses on building the influence of the networks of child rights organizations to realize the rights of the children to increase children’s participation in decision making process relevant to children’s issues and make them heard in the government’s legal and policy formulation and resource allocation.