This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge about the child protection instruments as well as government protocols, parliament enactments and how they have been used to enhance the welfare and protection of children in Kenya. The course also equips the student with knowledge and skills in child advocacy and its role in bringing about positive changes through policy and bargaining.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
1. describe the rights of the child as provided for by the international instruments;
2. explain the rights of the child as provided for in the Children act (2001) and relate them to policy and advocacy;
3. discuss the need for child protection policies in children programs;
4. apply child rights and advocacy to various situational contexts relating to the welfare of children;
5. appreciate biblical integration of Child rights , welfare, advocacy and policy.
Definition of terms, biblical perspectives of child rights, key sources of children’s rights; International instruments (treaties): The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) , the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and government protocols: the Constitution of Kenya. Child rights in Kenya: All safeguards for the rights and welfare of the child in Kenya in the light of the constitution of Kenya and the millennium goals. The role of advocacy, methods of advocacy; networking, lobbying, public campaigning/raising awareness, media work, Prayer, negotiating skills and capacity building. Benefits and challenges facing child advocates and policy makers in relation to children’s rights. Understanding policy and relating it to child rights and advocacy as protected or neglected within the family, school and community. Integration of policy and advocacy with the Christian faith. Child protection policies in Kenya; discuss the need for child protection policies in children programs.
Lectures, class discussions (small and large); reflection, class presentations; role-playing, demonstrations; students’ personal experience, case studies; drawing, posters; field visits, assignments, and homework.
Textbooks, charts, LCD, computers, internet facility, white board, power-point, masking tape, markers, pens and manila paper.
The students shall be assessed as follows:
Reaction Papers 10%
Class Presentations 10%
Term Paper 30%
Final Examination 40%
REQUIRED TEXT BOOKS
Tower, C.C. (2010).Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Mwiti, G. (2006). Child Abuse Detection, Prevention and Counseling. Nairobi: Evangel Publishing house.
Brewster, D. (2012). Child, Church and Mission: A resource book for Christian Child Development Workers. Philippines: Compassion International
Meshack, S. W. (ed). (2011). Child Rights: A Theological Exploration. Kilpauk: Gurukul Publications
Republic of Kenya. The Children’s Act (2001). Nairobi: Government Printers
Republic of Kenya. The Sexual Offences Act (2006). Nairobi: Government Printers
Website for further reference
Marks Letter Grade Grade Point Significance
91 – 100 A 4.0 Superior
81 – 90 A- 3.7 ”
76 – 80 B+ 3.3 ”
71 – 75 B 3.0 Average
66 – 70 B- 2.7 ”
61 – 65 C+ 2.3 ”
56 – 60 C 2.0 ”
55 and below F 0.0 Unacceptable
STATEMENT ON CLASS ATTENDANCE
1. Class attendance and participation is highly expected
2. Class attendance is mandatory in Daystar University. There are no “excused” absences for any reason including sickness or student activities. Any student who misses more than 25% of the scheduled classes (including the first week of each semester) will receive a grade E (failure due to poor attendance) for the course. Please note that informing the lecturer, or anyone else, of your intended absence does not exempt you from this rule. The 25% is to allow for sickness, emergencies, or student activities that could not have been planned for.
3. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they sign the attendance register each time. Your signature will be the only evidence of your attendance.
4. Signing the attendance record on behalf of another person is an offence and will result in disciplinary action. This is the case even if it is the lecturer who has asked you to sign for a day that the class didn’t meet.