Muscat: Positive parenting behaviors, mental health, greater inclusion of children with disabilities and efforts to end violence against minors are some of the areas where UNICEF Oman and the Children First Association have given greater emphasis. attention, which recently renewed a partnership to promote child welfare.
Efforts to improve the lives of children include public awareness programs in the areas of health, nutrition, appropriate care and early learning.
The partnership between UNICEF Oman and CFA – first signed in 2018 due to a shared vision of empowering and protecting children – has so far helped accelerate progress towards the realization of rights of each child while building knowledge around the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Our children are the future. We must invest in them, feed them and provide them with a sustainable environment in which they can thrive, ”said HH Sayyida Dr. Mona Fahd Al-Said of Children First association.
“Renewing our partnership with UNICEF Oman is a strategic step in this direction; By reinventing the future of every child by advocating for and creating opportunity, igniting their dreams and supporting them at every stage of their life, we ensure that their rights are respected, ”she added.
Non-governmental organization filed under the regulations of Ministerial Decree No. 117/2009, Children First Association seeks to be a platform to discuss the issues of children in Omani society, provide support and advice to improve their quality of life. , preserve their needs, and respect their rights, while giving them the opportunity to maximize their potential.
Providing better opportunities for children will also help the Sultanate in the long run by helping to provide the skills necessary for them to make the most of the opportunities available under the country’s Vision 2040 program.
“Since 2018, UNICEF’s partnership with CFA has aimed to promote our Communication for Social Behavior Change (SBCC) program – a pillar of the organization’s country program in the Sultanate aimed at improving parenting practices and engagement with the community at the level of service delivery for a holistic approach. child development – while further strengthening Oman’s commitment to achieving the SDGs under Vision 2040 and improving the lives of children and adolescents, ”said Lana Al Wreikat, UNICEF Representative in Oman.
During this next phase of the partnership, CFA reaffirmed its commitment to support the joint government and UNICEF SBCC program in delivering key messages to the public to increase awareness of positive parenting behaviors, mental health , inclusion of children with disabilities and an end to violence. against children, among other related areas for children.
The partnership will also build on UNICEF Oman’s 50th anniversary and World Children’s Day by hosting events throughout the year aimed at involving and empowering children and young people across the Sultanate.