JCTR is currently empowering Community Welfare Assistance Committees (CWACs) on the Copperbelt province with materials such as Information and Education Communication (IEC), buckets and hand washing soap for them to use when sensitizing community members and traditional leaders on the available social protection services in Zambia. They are also expected to sensitize community members on how to make these services child sensitive. This is because JCTR has observed that some people especially in rural communities who still know nothing about social protection services and have not benefited from these services even when they are eligible.
In order to ensure children's participation in the national budget process, JCTR held budget submission meetings with children and community members in Lufwanyama and Kitwe districts of the Copperbelt. Many issues and challenges were identified by children in their communities and some of the things that children what to see in the 2021 national budget were;
1. Increased budgetary allocation towards the purchase of learning and teaching material
2. Deployment of more qualified health workers and teachers
3. Improved and increased spending on social cash transfer
4. Procurement of more desks
5 Construction of more classrooms especially in the rural areas and the extension of keeping girls in school programme to non-recipients of the social cash transfer households.
JCTR also facilitated the participation of two girls (from Kitwe and Lufwanyama) in the online discussion on Covid -19 with other children from West, East and South Africa where Zambia and Malawi were voted to represent other children during the launch of the policy brief that Save The Children (SCI) has compiled.