JCT conducts community level advocacy through community dialogues and other forums.
Community Dialogue Sessions
JCT facilitated 20 community dialogues in Harare, Bulawayo, Chegutu and Mhondoro where 1, 851 people being 979 females and 872 males participated in 2014. The dialogues saw some improvements in child protection as the communities are becoming more alert of the importance of child protection. Following one of the dialogues in Bulawayo, St Peters Primary school in Bulawayo is now enrolling children who do not have birth certificates. This development saw other schools in Mazwi and Khami districts enrolling children without birth certificates yet before they would not do so. In support of this development, the CFPs persuaded most school heads in the above mentioned districts not to expel children or withhold children’s examination results because of school fees arrears. This resulted in children in Mazwi and Khami districts without birth certificates and inadequate school fees enjoying their right to education.
An elderly person in Robert Sinyoka, Bulawayo commented positively on the importance of the community dialogue thus:
“As an elderly person I have always ignored meetings such as these thinking that they occupy our time discussing non-existent things. When I attended the community dialogue organised by JCT on birth registration in Methodist, I was filled with regret as I have since come to understand what I probably have been missing before. We came together, the young and the old and discussed about topical issues that are affecting us on birth registration and I was very enlightened. I want to urge all parents and those who are still naive and believe that the community meetings are a waste of time to come and speak out, only then can they be helped.”