Raising awareness about positive discipline is on the agenda this week for a number of villages in Samoa.
Yesterday at Falelatai and Samatau, Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, the Vice Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, hosted the awareness programme in partnership with U.N.I.C.E.F. The programme is being rolled out by the Samoa Victims Support Group in Samoa.
It was attended by church, village leaders, parents and caregivers from four villages in the area yesterday.
The Falelatai sessions follow successful community awareness and educational programmes in Savai’i last week.
The first Upolu session was held at Luatuanuu. Positive discipline and raising children’s awareness of inappropriate behavior were two of the child protection issues raised in Samoa’s Child Protection Baseline Report 2013. And with domestic and sexual abuse of children being amongst the most common cases involving children reported to S.V.S.G, such is S.V.S.G’s focus on these two issues during the awareness campaign.
The awareness campaign carried out by S.V.S.G is funded by U.N.I.C.E.F in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.
It forms part of U.N.I.C.E.F Pacific’s two-year work plan for Samoa in its work with children.