Background

Sierra Leone

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War Has Changed

Therefore our tactics must change too. The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative aims to work with militaries, police, policy makers, academics and humanitarians to make a long-term impact in preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Our Unique Approach: Sierra Leone

National Model

Through a blended model that couples our security sector training and educational programs, our flagship Sierra Leone project represents an approach to the issue of child soldiers that can be replicated in other nations.

Education Program

Our education program focuses on educating Sierra Leonean children about their basic legal rights, educates students and parents about how any why children are recruited to become soldiers and how to mitigate the risk of recruitment.

Training Program

Embedded within the national security structure of Sierra Leone, our training is building the capacity of security sector personnel to understand and implement strategies for preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers at home and abroad.

Impact Assesment

We undertake rigourous impact assessments of our training through the use of pre/post evaluations and six month follow ups with our participants. With the support from a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant we continue to enhance this process.

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Case Study: AMISOM Child Protection Advisor

In January 2015, Captain Musa Gbow became the first ever child protection advisor in an African Union peacekeeping mission. Based in Somalia, Captain Gbow is sharing lessons learned through the Dallaire Initiative’s training with AU peacekeeping forces as he continues to monitor and evaluate the interactions of security sector forces with children. Part of the ground-breaking agreement between UNICEF, the Dallaire Initiative, and the African Union, this partnership along with the knowledge it produces will offer vital lessons for all partners moving forward to address the issue of child soldiers through prevention.