Family Life Educational Programe – Angulana
PEaCE started a special Family Life Educational Program for mothers on matters pertaining to protecting and empowering children everywhere in April 2017. The ongoing program is a 06 months course that covers various aspects that are important to children such as issues faced by children, rights of children, nutritious requirements of both mothers and children, diseases to which children are generally vulnerable to, family and finance planing etc. 30 mothers have been selected to this and the latest session was held in Angulana Temple on 05-06-2017 from 4.30 PM to 5.30 PM. The primary purpose of this initiative has been to raise the awareness among mothers on matters such as child rights and responsibilities of parents.
This program is conducted in line with the internationally accepted Convention on the Rights of the Child and special attention will be paid to practical aspects.
Uvaparanagama Awareness Program: 18th January 2016
On 18th January 2017, PEaCE conducted a community based awareness program in the Uvaparanagama area in Bandarawela with the police force of the area. The village PEaCE focused on was located over 25km inside Uvaparanagama, known as Maspanna. The team approached villagers in bus halts, three wheel parks, young mothers in front of pre-schools and school children among many. PEaCE also conducted an awareness session outside the marriage registrar’s office. PEaCE conducted awareness through pocket meetings with aid from the community police and officers of the women and children bureau desk. The community consisted of a collection of famillies and individuals from all cultures and backgrounds. Over 500 people were approached during the pocket meetings, of which about 250 were school children. The themes covered were child marriage, child sexual exploitation, bad touch and child abuse. This location was selected as the highest number of child marriages are recorded in Uvaparanagama and Haputale in the Bandarawela district.
Haputale Awareness Program: 19th January 2017
PEaCE conducted a series of community based awareness workshops in the Haputale area in the Bandarawela division. The pocket meetings were conducted in the Kahagollawatta plantation estate with over 300 people. These community based pocket meetings focused mainly on raising awareness in the community on the negative implications of child marriage and child abuse, bad touch, child sexual exploitation and child protection. In the Bandarawela division, the Uvaparanagama and Haputale areas are recorded to have the highest number of child marriages.
Bandarawela Awareness Seminar: 20th January 2017
On 20th January 2017, PEaCE conducted a general awareness seminar in Bandarawela for the children service providers, including police officers from 8 divisions. Religious leaders in the community too were approached to partake in the program. The program focused on emphasizing the importance of duties and responsibilities the officers have towards the children and further covered cyber crime and what steps to follow during such a situation. The themes covered were child marriage, child sexual exploitation and child abuse. The program catered to 85 participants in the Bandarawela division. PEaCE was aided by the Divisional Superintendents office to organize the event.
Moneragala Awareness Program: 21 & 22 Jan 2017
PEaCE conducted a two day training program in the Monaragala division with officers from 18 police stations. The 50 participants comprised of crime branch officers, women and children”s bureau officers, minor offences unit, public service providers and community police officers. The two day training focused on providing participants a comprehensive understanding on the legal procedures on child abuses cases, how to work with child abuse victims, cyber crimes, responsibilities in regard to children, courts and evidence obtaining procedures and obtaining and working with DNA. Mr. Sunil Gamage, Director PEaCE; Dr. Ruwan Illeperuma, DNA Specialist; Ms. Nilani Manthrinayake, Lawyer; Ms. Samith Athuldoraarachchi, Child Psychologist conducted the two day training programme.
Homagama Awareness Program: 19 Feb 2017
On 19th February 2017, PEaCE conducted an awareness program for parents and youth in the Homagama area. The program was undertaken following a request from a participant, of a previous PEaCE conducted program, to conduct an awareness for the community in her area. The program was held at the Homagama School. C.I Balachandra and Mr. Sunil Gamage conducted the program. The topics raised were child abuse and the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism and the sexual exploitation of children online.
In March, PEaCE launched a series of awareness programs targetting school students in the Badulla Districts. Close to 600 students were mobilized through the awareness programs, which focused on child abuse, cyber crimes and child marriage and how to make complaints to report incidents. The program focused on providing students with the knowledge on how to safely browse the internet, deal with online bullying and appropriate usage of mobile phone and emphasizing on the importance of education. This awareness series was conducted in the Badulla district following reports from the police stating a high incidence of child abuse and child marriage in the area. PEaCE was requested to conducted awareness for the school students of the area following the success of an awareness program previously conducted for the community.
Passara School Students Awareness Program: 13 March 2017
he first of these workshops was conducted on 13th March 2017 in Passara, The awareness workshop was conducted for 120 students from the Badulla Central College, Passara National School and Passara Gamunu Maha Vidyalaya. 05 teachers of the three schools participated in this session Mr. Sunil Gamage, Mrs. Apsara Kasthuriarachchi and the Divisional Secretariat Women and Children’s Bureau OIC Anoma Damayanthi conducted the program at the Passara Teacher’s Center in Badulla.
Hali Ela Awareness Programme: 14 March 2017
The second of these workshops was conducted on 14th March 2017 in Hali Ela, The awareness workshop was conducted for 140 students from the 140 students and 10 teachers and 2 monks participated-. The students were from the Badulla Hubahamada Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla Kuttiyagolla Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla Kahataruppa Maha Vidyalaya and Badulla Kosgolla Maha Vidyalaya. Mr. Sunil Gamage, Mrs. Apsara Kasthuriarachchi and the Divisional Secretariat Women and Children’s Bureau OIC Anoma Damayanthi conducted the program at the Kuttiyagolla Maha Vidyalaya in Badulla. Police reports indicate that this area has a high prevalence of child marriage and cyber crimes reported.
Kuttiyagolla Awareness Programme: 15 March 2017
On 15th March 2017, PEaCE conducted an awareness program for school students in the Kuttiyagolla area in Badulla. The program was held at the Kuttiyagolla Maha Vidyalaya Main Hall in Badulla. 140 students and 10 teachers and 2 monks participated. The students were from the Badulla Hubahamada Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla Kuttiyagolla Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla Kahataruppa Maha Vidyalaya and Badulla Kosgolla Maha Vidyalaya. A high prevalence of child marriages and cyber crimes in the area have been reported to the police from this area. Mr. Sunil Gamage Mrs. Apsara Kasthuriarachchi and Divisional Secretariat Women and Children’s Bureau OIC Anoma Damayanthi conducted the program.
Badulla Awareness Programme: 16 March 2017
On 16th March 2017, PEaCE conducted an awareness program for school students in Badulla. The program was held at the Badulla Central College Main Hall. There were close to 115 participants from the Uva College and Badulla Central College including 6 teachers Mr. Sunil Gamage Mrs. Apsara Kasthuriarachchi and Divisional Secretariat Women and Children’s Bureau OIC Anoma Damayanthi conducted the program.