– UNICEF Cooperation Program 2004
Convention on the Rights of the Child - Child Participation
12th to 19th March 2004
Attended by YA Marisha & Sarah
by YA Marisha (March 2004)
the 12 till the 19th March 2004, 18 participants from various
child-based organizations were called to Institut Latihan FAMA, Batu 12, Port
Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, to attend a Train the Trainers program. This program
was organised by Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat and sponsored by UNICEF. All the
children involved were from children based NGOs such as YMCA, YAWA, and MCRI. I
represented Young Achievers’ Club, together with Sarah. The 8-day stay in the
FAMA dormitory was a very memorable and unforgettable experience.
the first 4 days, all of us went through a full CRC workshop to make us
understand the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) completely. We went
through an introduction of CRC and its 4 elements, Survival, Protection,
Development and Participation. The workshop really exercised our right to
participation because we did most of the work with only guidance from the
adults. At the end of every session, we would evaluate the facilitator with
honest feedback so that he/she can improve her facilitating. Over all, the
workshops were very interactive and informative at the same time. All the
workshops were designed in a way that it was impossible for us to get bored. We
did role-playing, drawings, games and presentations. Most of the activities were
held in groups so that it was more interesting. However, besides the CRC
workshops, we also played a lot of outdoor games to accumulate points for our
respective groups. We played mostly water-based games such as water polo.
days of CRC workshops, we went through a lesson planning session to plan
sessions of our own. This was when we got to know that on the very next day,
there would be children from Negeri Sembilan and also Port Dickson that will be
participants and WE the senior participants will be the facilitators. We were
all grouped into groups of three and given out different parts of the CRC
workshops to handle. All the groups did a ‘test drive’ and received feedback
from other participants. Then here comes the biggest catch of it all. After all
our presentations, we came to know that not all of us would be facilitating the
next batch of participants. Only a selected 5 will do so. To some, this was
happiness but to others this brought worries. What pondered our minds was who
were going to be the selected few? Well, our questions were answered. All of us
were given a slip of paper and we would have to vote for the top 4 people whom
we think is capable of being a facilitator and another 4 who are capable of
being a moderator.
was really tensed up. After the voting, everybody scrambled to ask friends whom
they voted for, although the final results would be posted the next session.
Finally, the top 5 facilitators were Danial, Marisha, Samir, Sarah and Sharanya.
I was so delighted and happy to find out that I was voted into second place and
was able to become a facilitator! When the Negeri Sembilan/Port Dickson children
came, they were very friendly and nice towards us, though some of us
facilitators were really nervous. All the new facilitators had hands on exposure
in facilitating and for some of us it was a great learning experience to deal
with the audience. We were able to conduct a session and the children really
enjoyed it! But whenever we got stuck on our explanations that we were not that
clear, the adult facilitators would just come in for awhile and corrected us.
As for me, I felt that I did pretty well, considering that on the day of
the presentation, my partner fell sick. Never the less, I was still happy with
my presentation. At the end of the session, I received my feedback from the
observers. They gave constructive criticism and wonderful compliments.
the last day, all participants (seniors and juniors) had to look at the NPA 2003
and specifically look at the topic on children and the environment. All
participants grouped up according to our respective organizations and had to
come up with action plans that our organization can run to overcome problems
concerning children and the environment. Each representative from the different
organizations had to present their action plan to everybody and received good
feedback. Through this, I learnt a lot more about other organizations that I
never knew before. I also found out that there are many activities going on for
children but the public is just not aware of it.
Finally, after 8 days away from Kuala Lumpur, many of us were feeling
home sick. But it was also time to say good-bye to all our new friends. It was
quite sad for me as I really felt I bonded with the people there. We exchanged
contacts and thanked the adults that helped us through everything. After all, it
was a great experience with lots of fun. And now, I really do know a lot more
about the CRC than I used too.