A total of 31 military and Police officers and civilians from seven regional countries are attending a training on Child Rights Protection during war times, in Musanze District.
The training was organised by Save the Children under the partnership of East African Standby Force (AESF), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Rwanda Peace Academy.
The director for Children Protection Programme in Save the Children, Anthony Njoroge said that the occasion will help trainees understand and champion children’s rights and protection during the violence state.
"This training will help participants respond to problems that children face during war times and will result in putting in place possible mechanisms meant to protect them" he said.
The EASF Secretariat commandant Brig. Gen. Charles Rudakubana said that though the number of trainees is still low, the first beneficiaries will continue to train their colleagues to enable a bigger reach and protection.
"There are big numbers of children in refugee camps and out of school, without medical access, putting their rights at stake, but we hope that these trainees will help us to teach others about children rights and protection against violence," he said.
The 31 trainees are from Kenya, Uganda, Comoros, Somalia, Seychelles, Sudan and Rwanda.
The 2016 World Bank research revealed that over 124 million children had no access to education and 62 million children were involved in agricultural activities due to violence and wars.