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Empowering Change: Reflecting on the International Day to End Corporal Punishment of Children

On April 29th, stakeholders from diverse backgrounds converged for a pivotal event commemorating the International Day to End Corporal Punishment of Children. This gathering, held in Sierra Leone, provided a platform to address the pressing issue of violence against children, particularly within educational settings. Let's delve into the highlights and key insights garnered from this significant occasion.

Event Highlights

Theme:  Under the theme "The Rod or Children: Whom Should We Spare?", the event sparked critical dialogue surrounding the pervasive use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure.


Despite challenges, the event witnessed an impressive turnout of over 250 participants, reflecting a collective commitment to safeguarding the rights and well-being of children. Attendees included representatives from schools, community leaders, parents, and advocates.

Drama Performance:

A poignant drama performance by Children2Children (C2C) participants underscored the pivotal roles of parents and educators in upholding the dignity and rights of every child, setting the stage for meaningful discussions.

Key Speakers:

Distinguished speakers, including Saffiatu Barrie, Ruth Nenneh Conteh, and Ibrahim S. Bangura, delivered compelling addresses, emphasizing the imperative of ending corporal punishment and promoting positive parenting practices.

Workshop Sessions:  

Participants engaged in insightful discussions on various topics, ranging from effective discipline strategies to community resilience against violence, highlighting the multifaceted approaches needed to address this complex issue.

Discussion Highlights

The discussions delved into evidence-based strategies for promoting positive discipline, emphasizing the need for alternatives to corporal punishment. Community-wide approaches to preventing violence against children were explored, emphasizing the pivotal role of community organizations and local leaders. Reflections on the dignity of children underscored the importance of creating environments where children feel valued and respected.


Championing non-violent disciplinary practices emerged as a key theme, with speakers advocating for initiatives such as the Pens Up Canes Down campaign. The imperative of meaningful child participation in decision-making processes was emphasized, alongside strategies to address bullying and peer violence in schools.

Reflections on the Theme

The theme "The Rod or Children: Whom Should We Spare?" prompted attendees to reflect on the long-term implications of disciplinary choices. By framing the discussion as a question, the event catalyzed critical dialogue on prioritizing the well-being of children over punitive measures.


In conclusion, the event served as a catalyst for collective action in ending corporal punishment and fostering environments of safety and respect for children. The overwhelming turnout underscored the community's commitment to effecting positive change.

As we reflect on the insights gleaned from this event, let us reaffirm our dedication to promoting positive parenting practices and ensuring the well-being of future generations.

Get Involved

Join us in our mission to create a safer and more nurturing environment for children worldwide. Stay connected with us on social media and explore opportunities to make a difference in your community.

Together, we can empower change and build a brighter future for all children.

Contact :

- Sierra Leone lines: +23299853572 / +23272061676 / +23233308452

- Head of C2C: Saffiatu Barrie,

- Founder and CEO: Ibrahim,

- US and other countries contact: +1908310-1508

- Email Isle Polonko:

- Email Professor Lucien Lombardo:,

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We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Professor Lucien Lombardo for supporting all the work we do here in Sierra Leone. Special thanks also go to our other esteemed partners who helped spread the word and amplify the impact of this significant occasion.

Thank you for joining hands with us in creating a brighter future for children worldwide.


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