“I support Family Care First, that is why I am committed to be present in this workshop the whole day even though I got a cold and have other work to do as well”, said H.E. Touch Channy, General Technical Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, in a workshop of new and existing Thematic Subgroup (TSG) members on February 21, 2017.
The ministry is working to reduce the number of residential care facilities. “A country which wants to quickly develop needs human resources full of capability, therefore it is imperative for children to get good education”, added H.E. Touch Channy.
On behalf of USAID Cambodia, Ms. Katherine Neidorf, Children in Adversity (FCF) and Education Advisor, expressed that she was happy to see the FCF network growing and being strengthened. She said that she is excited to witness affirmative participation which is a reflection of the hard work of Save the Children and the Global Alliance for Children over the past year who, building this collective impact structure of the Family Care First Initiative.
The workshop was organized by the Global Alliance for Children (GAC) with the objective to formulate short and mid-term outcomes and to agree on new TSGs and cross-cutting themes. The event was attended by 64 participants (28 female) from relevant Ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia, and local and International Non–Governmental Organizations.
Participants discussed the short and mid-term outcomes for new priority thematic areas. The results were compiled into the draft Common Agenda.
Followed by another workshop on March 22, 2017, the participants reached consensus that two new TSGs should be formed:
-TSG 5: “Addressing the Needs of Children Left behind by Migration”, and
-TSG 6: “Ensuring Early Nurturing Care”.
TSG members were also encouraged to consider the cross-cutting topics of disability and children and youth participation in all future implementation.