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Annual Child Online Protection Partnership Workshop Southern Sun Newlands 07 – 08 December 2015

 

Annual Child Online Protection Partnership Workshop

DICAG was a participant in the first of its kind in South Africa, a National Strategy addressing the needs of the most vulnerable group in our society, our children in the Information Communication Technology (ITC) sector.  This strategy is a culmination of extensive consultation with stakeholders from across the country including Children’s Rights organizations, ICT focused on Children’s Organizations of which there is only a few in our country.

    The presentation outline on the Child Empowerment and ICT Strategy was as follow:

  • Purpose
  • Strategy development approach
  • Legislative and Policy Framework informing the strategy
  • Summary of the environment san findings
  • Target Groups
  • Priorities of the strategy
  • Facilitation and implementation process
  • What support is expected from the external stakeholder going forward?

More information regarding this subject can be found on our website.

 

 

                                

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


DICAG has made tremendous progress in a very short period of time.  Among the achievements of DICAG are:
 
Advocacy
 
  • DICAG is represented on the UN Advisory Panel in Geneva which addresses global issues on the Violence Against Children.
  • DICAG sucessfully lobbied for changes to the Social Assistance Act which has resulted in more children with disabilities being able to access this grant, as it is no longer restricted to children with severe intellectual disabilities.
  • DICAG was elected in 2001 as Chairing Organisation of the Advocacy Network in Africa which is represented by Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.
  • DICAG successfully lobbied for the inclusion ever of issues affecting children with disabilities in the Child Care Act.
  • DICAG successfully lobbied for inclusion of a strong focus on children with disabilities who are presently excluded from education provisioning, included early childhood development, in the Ministerial Report of the National Commission on Special Needs in Education and Training (NCSNET).
  • DICAG enjoys extensive National recognition as the legitimate national parents organisation, eg. by the National Children's Rights Committee, an umbrella organisation of CGO's and NGO's working with children in South Africa, a number of National government departments (among others, Education, Health, Welfare, Justice etc.) enabling the organisation to input into the policy development process thus ensuring the needs of disabled children are included during policy formulation processes.
  • The Department of Welfare has formed a partnership with DICAG for the development of national norms and standards for parent empowerment programmes to facilitate subsidization of such programmes by the Department.
  • DICAG has been invited by a number of major ECD training centres to assist them with the transformation of their training curricula for ECD teachers after successfully highlighting the need for inclusive and bias-free training.
  • The South African Human Rights Commission Standing Committee on Children co-opted the DICAG chairperson to ensure infusion of issues of children with disabilities into all activities of the Committee.
  • DICAG is internationally recognized as the legitimate South African parents organisation by among others, the South African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), Inclusion International, national parents movements from 20 African, Caribbean and Scandinavian countries.
  • DICAG was invited to represent South Africa at the 1997 United Nations Thematic Day on Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
 
Development
 
  • Establishment of Local Parent Branches in all nine provinces
  • Membership has increased from 500 members in 1999 to >3900 members.
  • >1500 Members of LPBs actively engaged in activities of local and district municipalities, ensuring integrated development for children with disabilities.
  • A number of parents have been the drivers of integration for children with disabilities within their localities, thereby gaining respect from the professionals and the community at large.
  • Able to deploy some parents at UCT to study for disability studies, which informs the curriculum that will influence the disability practitioners in future.
  • Participating in research studies with national and international institutions of Higher Learning
  • Coordinating the working group on the Children�s Bill
  • Successfully coordinated a national symposium on HIV/AIDS in the context of disability and linked with HSRC
  • Represented at United Nations Special Task Group established to address Violence against Children
  • Developed effective Policies in Organizational Management
  • Exposed a number of members through distance learning program on developmental disabilities.
  • Expose members to different forms of training and networking either directly or through deployment to sister or related institutions
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