Historical Background of ZCEA
ZCEA is a human rights non-governmental, not for profit making organisation registered in 1993 under the Registrar of Societies Act in Zambia. The organisation was founded by three lawyers with the aim of empowering the Zambian citizenry within the context of the then new democratic dispensation. The founder members sought to assist the development of democratic processes in Zambia as well as to promote justice. This was to be done through increasing and creating awareness amongst citizens about their rights, duties and responsibilities under the Constitution. The founders believed that it is in the execution of duties and responsibilities that rights and equality for all before the law are bestowed.
Since inception, the organization’s programmes have been around human rights, governance and democratic issues. In 2002, ZCEA decided to focus on children’s rights in line with the underlying principles contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and others such as the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). However, human rights instruments that form the basis of ZCEA’s work are the UNCRC and the ACRWC.
Vision, Mission and Values
ZCEA staff are united and guided by a long-term vision, a mission and a set of core values.
A Society in Which People Enjoy All Fundamental Human Rights, Justice and Human Diginity Prevail
To promote and advocate for children’s rights through civic education.
In line with its core mandate of promoting children’s rights, ZCEA seeks to contribute to the attainment of children’s dignity guided by some core values. ZCEA shall be guided by its values which are centred on the promotion of human dignity. The guiding values for ZCEA’s work are as follows:
Child focus: ZCEA and its staff uphold unwavering commitment to meeting children’s wellbeing based on principles of children’s right.
Integrity: ZCEA builds confidence in others by maintaining the highest levels of ethics, fairness and transparency in all our interactions. It is open, truthful and professional about its programming, administration and finances.
Participation: ZCEA values the contributions of its clients especially children, stakeholders, partners and staff. It involves people in consultations, using participatory approaches to hear all voices, but especially those of the children.
Partnerships: ZCEA values working with and respecting the contributions of other like-minded organisations and individuals.
Accountability: ZCEA and its staff are responsible for their actions, checks and balances. It manages its resources effectively and honestly, providing transparent, accurate and timely documentation of processes and results to all stakeholders including children.
Reflective Learning: ZCEA captures and disseminates lessons learned and best practices in both program and program support. ZCEA is a learning organization that relies on all of its staff and partners for creativity, initiative, innovations and conscious learning from experience in order to improve its future practice.
The universality and indivisibility of human rights: ZCEA believes that all rights should be enjoyed in totality by all children regardless of any standard of measurement.
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