A regional workshop dubbed “Action for the Rights of Children” has decided to produce revised training modules for 1999 that will cater to children traumatised or otherwise affected by war in West Africa, the UNHCR told IRIN yesterday (Monday).
The workshop, held on 24 November, aimed at training agents who work with refugee children and teenagers. Participants reviewed existing training modules on child soldiers, sexual exploitation of children, voluntary repatriation as well as child and adolescent development.
The participants from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone also examined the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Of these countries Guinea Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone have recently been or are still at war. The workshop was sponsored by the UNHCR and Save the Children Fund (SCF) .