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Children on NGO's management board

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

FOR the first time ever, children will be involved in the decision-making process of a non-government organisation.

Save the Children Fiji has made a landmark decision that will make it mandatory for a child to be part of the management board of the organisation.

SCF chief executive officer Chandra Shekhar said the decision was made at the Kids Link Fiji symposium in Lautoka over the weekend.

"We are primarily an organisation geared towards addressing children's issues and it makes sense to have kids involved in the planning of programs," he said.

"We believe that by engaging children in an inclusive manner, adults will be better placed to understand their aspirations and the issues they face on a daily basis. This will help us as an organisation to tailor our programs to be more effective."

Mr Shekhar explained that Kids Link Fiji was similar to a kids' club where 12 to 18-year-olds gathered to deliberate and share experiences and issues of interest on topics that included access to education, security and safety from abuse.

"For the first time we staged this event in Lautoka and it was a resounding success.

"Next year the symposium moves to Labasa and I believe this will give more children the opportunity to get involved and share their views and experiences with us."

More than 30 children from around the country attended the two-day symposium at Jasper Williams High School.