Children Key to Development Messages Devoid of Politics – C4D Expert
By Alex Uangbaoje, Zaria
A Communication for Development (C4D) expert with the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, has said to create development messages devoid of politics, there is need the society to listen to children.
Dr. Steve Daniel, Theatre Art, lecturer, stated this in his presentation at the ongoing C4D training for Civil Society Organizations in Kaduna holding in Zaria, organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and supported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The training according to the organizers is meant to strengthen the capacity of the CSOs on C4D, improve their knowledge on essential family practices and at the end, come up with a C4D plan for 2020.
Dr. Steve, who was speaking on C4D strategies, stressed that for you to put together development messages that can aide behavioural change in the society, it is important that you listen to children and hear their views because they ‘books that society needs to read’.
“The children often speak from a perspective that is not tinted in politics, is not coming from a predetermined political and religious perspective, yes they are brought up in religious and moral ways, but they don’t speak that way.
“In terms of development, children can talk freely if they are given the opportunity, can talk in perspective we always need as parents. Most times parents want to impose their views on children, yet sometimes parents also realized that once children say things, it touches them, it gets them to reflect.
“That’s why in developing society parents want to sit down and talk with their children. In the context of the Child Rights Act, and the human right principle of communication, the point we are making is that if you can pay attention to children.
“Allow them to play and from such playful means they come out with very fundamental issues that affect society and they dream, their dreams comes to us in way we can begin to see society in different lights. He explained.
Over 40 members of two coalitions of CSOs; Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) and Maternal and Child Health Civil Society Partnership (MCH-CS), working on health issues in Kaduna, especially as it affect women and children, are currently participating in the training.
Speaking with journalists on the benefits of the training, Isah Gidado, Secretary of KADMAM, said the training has opened the eyes of CSOs to now begin to understand what the problems are in working with communities and how to analyze and also identity the best stakeholders and mediums to address them.
“We as CSOs really appreciate UNICEF and NOA, for this capacity building on communication for development, it will really help us in tackling problems in the various communities where we work.” He added