This course was all about protecting children.
The recruitment and use of child soldiers in armed conflict remains both a major security challenge and a human rights issue. Somalia has gone through a prolonged war lasting over two decades and during this period has seen a significant number of children being used as child soldiers.
To help put an end to this practice, the British Embassy in Mogadishu is supporting the Somali Government and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to eradicate the use of child soldiers.
Most recently the embassy has sponsored a 10 day ‘Training of Trainers’ course to equip participants with the skills and expertise needed to plan, organise and train others on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Somalia.
British Ambassador to Somalia, David Concar said:
“This course was all about protecting children and preventing them from being recruited as child soldiers. All the participants will now be better able to do this – and teach others to do it. The UK is committed to continuing to support the Somali government and AMISOM to ensure the practice of child recruitment is stamped out.”