APAP has launched a new three-year project in cooperation with the Oak Foundation titled “Revitalizing the Role of Law Professionals in Child Protection Activities”. The project is scheduled to be implemented in Addis Ababa and in the towns within a 200-kilometer radius of Addis Ababa such as Adama, Ambo, Debre Berhan and Assela.
The project has the following objectives:
(1) Improving the knowledge and skills of law professionals with regard to child protection thereby strengthening their capacities;
(2) Engaging community institutions in child protection activities; and
(3) Undertaking advocacy on child-protection laws and practices of Ethiopia. The project comprises training programs for legal professionals, law school students and paralegals, preparing various publications as well as carrying advocacy on selected child-protection issues.
For the purpose of implementing the project APAP has been conducting a needs assessment at Ambo, Addis Ababa, Adama, Assela and Debre Birhan as a preliminary work aimed at identifying the particular child-protection problems of the target areas and the level of awareness of the target population.