Myint, age 60, says the CPGs are an effective way of getting the whole community involved in ending violence against children.
“There are many children in our village and there are only a few people who want to work for the best interests of the children,” he says.
“I became a member because I want to help the children as much as I can.”
Members of the groups receive training on leadership, community mobilisation, financial management, psychosocial support and online safety.
The groups meet regularly to share news and discuss ideas that will help children.
“My concern for my village is the weakness of awareness,” Myint says.
“The main responsibility of CPG is to educate children and pass on the knowledge to other people.
“Another responsibility is to contact the service providers or government departments when cases arise.”
While the CPG members are sharing their knowledge, children like Zay also play an important role in raising awareness.
Child Groups work with their peers to raise awareness about children’s rights and encourage the protection of children.
“Children are the future leaders,” says Zay.
“So the elders should nurture the children properly. The most important thing is the environment the children live in.
“For example, if the adults are fighting, the children will follow their way. Thus, they should avoid bad examples and protect the children.”