A Community Child Rights Club (CCRC) is a child-led organisation of children who come together to learn, promote and translate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990), the Children’s Act, 2022. The objective is to create safe space for children in the community to learn, share and interact, so that they can participate in their own protection, detection, response to and prevention of child abuse.
The CCRC, a brainchild of Undugu Society Kenya, was first rolled out in 2019. However, the concept was developed over time and developed from the then Children Group (2017-19), Child Right Club (2019) to the current concept of CCRC. Based on the concept development and experiential learning (experiences) of USK, members of Right Clubs are ready to transition after three years, with year for and five of their implementation being monitoring and technical support on a needs basis. USK has also developed the CCRC model, which articulates the various stages and activities to be conducted besides the milestones that will be achieved.
The CCRCs as structured, require to develop or be ingrained into a support system that allows them to utilise their skills, knowledge and experiences for the protection of children and promotion of their rights. It is therefore imperative that from the onset, mentorship, accompaniment, transition and anchor structures are integrated into its architectural design and operational framework. It also means that learning modules are then expanded to include skills such as communication, networking, partnership building and convenorship.
Children are categorised into 4 groups namely Shakeshake Maua of age 6-8 years, The Lions of age 9-11 years, Shining stars of age 12-14 years and transformers of age 15-16 years in groups of 25 and above members per cohort. After the ages of 16, children are trained as Trainers of Trainees (ToTs) and take up the role of mentors in their communities. The categorisation takes into consideration that children of different ages require application of different methodologies in their learning process. The children will be meeting once per week during school break (weekend) and twice per week during school holidays.