GNRC in partnership with Goldin Institute and Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development (YOLRED), organized a debate and community dialogue session for secondary students dubbed, “Community Parliament and Secondary School Debating Competition,” from 24th to 27th February 2018 at the Gulu District Council Hall, Gulu, Uganda. The debate aimed at equipping young people in institutions of learning with critical thinking and conflict analysis, leadership, communication skills, research and oratory skills to enable them contribute as citizens, to the nation’s development now and in the future. A total of two hundred and eighty seven (287) participants including children, women and men attended the event. The Northern Uganda Debate Society also took part in the event.

Arigatou International—Nairobi (AI—N) in partnership with the First Children’s Embassy in the World - MEGJASHI (FCEWM), organised a Balkans regional meeting in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26th February 2018 to 1st March 2018. The meeting was convened by Arigatou International Initiatives, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty).

The President of Arigatou International, and Convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, joined other global leaders and participants at the Solutions Summit convened by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, held in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th and 15th February 2018. During the Summit, three hundred and eighty six (386) participants including global leaders, representatives from the United Nations, government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and children and youth from 67 countries across the world affirmed their commitment towards ending violence against children.

GNRC–Kenya convened some of its members to participate in an interfaith breakfast forum on 26th January 2018 in Nairobi to sensitize community influencers and leaders on preventive measures to ending violent extremism in Kenya and the region. Among those who attended were representatives of civil society organizations, religious institutions and individuals working to promote the rights of children and government officials, including the advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya on peacebuilding and cohesion, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia.

Thank you for being part of the GNRC Network and Community. With your support, participation and guidance, we achieved a lot in ending violence against children in 2017. Here are a few of the accomplishments:

GNRC–Kenya in partnership with Pwani Youth Network, Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE), Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) and PADADA Initiative, organized a community resilience interfaith tour in Mombasa, Kenya to sensitize youth on the importance of ending violence against children. Forty six (46) participants, most of whom were youth and children, attended the 29th December 2017 event. The interfaith tour aimed at enriching diversity in religion, culture and beliefs of the community as well as to educate the youth on tolerance, respect and peaceful co-existence.

Search For Justice, a member of GNRC, organized a two-day workshop on 9th and 10th November 2017 for media, government officials and civil society organizations to discuss matters child rights and child protection. The workshop aimed at building the capacity of key stakeholders responsible for legislation, policy formulation and accountability related to child protection in Pakistan.