‘Learning to Live Together’ in Romania

In March 2018, GNRC–Romania conducted 10 sessions on ‘Learning to Live Together,’ supported by GNRC’s sister initiative, Ethics Education for Children. The trainings reached one hundred and seventy nine (179) students from different schools in Bucharest, Romania.

Advocacy Workshop to Protect Children, Pakistan

Search For Justice/CAN Pakistan, a member of GNRC–Pakistan, in partnership with the local government and the Australian High Commission in Pakistan, organized a two-day workshop from 13th to 14th March 2018 to discuss sustainable solutions towards preventing violence against children in Pakistan. The workshop, which took place in Faisalabad, Pakistan, was attended by thirty five (35) participants from the local government, civil society organizations, community leaders and officials from the Australian High Commission. The Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Faisalabad, Mr. Sheikh Muhammad Yousaf, graced the workshop.

Nurturing Spirituality within the Family to Prevent Violence Against Children in Brazil

On 7th March 2018, Arigatou International Geneva and GNRC–Brazil together with Pastoral da Criança, co-organized a roundtable discussion on Strengthening Families to Nurture Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Pai Alexandre Silveira, leader from the African Traditional Religions and GNRC Coordinator in Brazil; attended by sixty (60) participants including religious leaders, civil society and journalists from the national media. The roundtable discussion was conducted to analyze the context of violence against children, its effects on the integral development of a child and seek solutions towards addressing the problem in the country.

Tackling Negative Perceptions and Stereotyping in Romania

GNRC–Romania through Asociatia Sol Mentis conducted a counselling session for children dubbed, “Counselling on Perception and Stereotyping,” on 20th March 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. The session aimed at eradicating negative perception of others in children, by educating them on peaceful co-existence, tolerance and appreciation. The importance of diversity was also shared, emphasizing that God created people differently so that everyone can be unique in their own way.

On 19th March 2018, GNRC–Rwanda organized a fruit tree-planting activity aimed at combatting malnutrition among children. One hundred (100) children from Rwamagana district in Eastern Rwanda attended the event.

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, in collaboration with Foundation and Arigatou International hosted a four-day training workshop from 13th to 16th March 2018 to integrate ethics into higher education and teacher education. The worshop dubbed, “Integrating Ethics in Higher Education: Transformation of Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) – Faculties and Programmes – To Achieve Global Competitiveness," took place at the University’s Lang’ata Campus.

The work of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) has been recognized and lauded by the United Nations. To accelerate progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the UN Special Representative promotes engagement with United Nations partners, national Governments, regional organizations, civil society, faith-based organizations, the private sector, the media and child-led networks. In the Annual Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, dated 22nd January 2018, specifically the section on Strengthening Partnerships to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Ms. Marta Santos Pais reported at length about the GNRC 5th Forum and its outcomes.