HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 cc1632-3W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2004,Official Report, column 872W, on Colombia, if he will list the projects (a) currently run by the Child Protection Alliance in the Gambia and (b) run by the Child Protection Alliance in the Gambia in the last three years; what funding was provided by his Department through the High Commission in Banjul in each case; and if he will make a statement. [175524]

Mr. Mullin

Since the Child Protection Alliance (CPA) was founded in 2001 it has undertaken the following projects, some of which are still continuing:

  • Radio/Television programmes to discuss issues related to Child Protection.
  • Printing and distributing a quarterly newsletter.
  • National HIV/AIDS writing competition for children.
  • An assessment of all member organisations.
  • A monthly "Bantaba" (Talking/Meeting Point) for relevant organisations/children.
  • Printing and dissemination of the National Training Manual on Child Protection.
  • Production of information materials on child protection issues.
  • Sensitisation workshops on Child Sex Tourism and Commercial Exploitation of Children for stakeholders in the tourism industry.
  • Training workshops for journalists on developing an ethical code of conduct for reporting issues involving children.
  • Training workshop on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for managers of hotels, guesthouses and tour operators.
  • Training workshop on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for front desk staff of hotels etc.
  • Sensitisation workshop for hotel security guards on HIV/AIDS and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
  • Summer camp for children on Child Rights, HIV/AIDS and Life Skills.
  • National Membership Workshop on Child Rights promotion and protection in The Gambia.
  • Development of a Resource Centre for CPA member organisations and researchers.
  • Sensitisation workshop for Health and Social Workers on HIV/AIDS and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Over the last three years the British High Commission in Banjul has provided a total of £3,465 to fund a capacity building project, information campaign on child protection issues, and an assessment of member organisations.