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CWCN: Steps towards Child Rights Protection

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IMG_0015Child migration from rural to the urban areas in search of better life is a big issue of many developing countries. Likewise in Nepal also the issue is exceedingly prevalent.  There are several factors responsible for migration of children.  Exploring the grounds for what really drives children to migrate, several factors take centre stage. According to reports, family conflict, poverty, hope of better life appears to be the root causes. Lack of basic necessities such as education, health, recreation along with the lack of a secured and nurturing environment leads children to migrate. Unfortunately children landing in urban cities ended up either being domestic helper, abused in different ways and live in street. In Nepal majority of the children coming to Kathmandu capital of Nepal are from the neighboring districts like Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading. In this regards, CWCN has brought its locally-focused ‘Prevention Program’ to intervene in this issue.

The core of this initiative is to make the children not just to realize their problems but also capacitatingIMG_0136 them in to believing that any kind of problem can be solved by themselves at their own place. It is a program that has the objective to identify problems related to children in the local community and to solve those problems with the effort of the stakeholders and with the active participation and leadership of the children themselves via focal child club. Solving the problems of the children by the children themselves at the local level to prevent them from migrating and living more difficult life in cities is main purpose of the prevention program. This program is being conducting in a managed and systematic way in which we have formed focal club, each in Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha and Dhading. CWCN has been delivering various ability and skill enhancement trainings to these focal child clubs. It is quite understandable that the complete solution of children’s such problem is a big challenge. Yet, CWCN is aimed to capacitate such focal child club to intervene on problems of children and to help children via child to child approach.

Through this initiation of CWCN, we are expecting that Children will be attentive and aware about the current issues such as child marriage, sexual and other forms of abuse, and harmful effects of being on street, child labor, child rights exploitation and violence. They will be able to come front and take leadership to solve their own problems rather than running away from their home and villages. Likewise, problems of the children will be resolved at local level. CWCN hope with this initiative and action process of children migrating (from these districts) will be minimized.

CWCN team

EUROPEAID: AID TO UPROOTED PEOPLE THAILAND

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EUROPEAID: AID TO UPROOTED PEOPLE THAILAND

The Aid to Uprooted People (AUP) Programme is based on Regulation (EU) No. 233/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 establishing a financing instrument for development co-operation for the period 2014-2020.

Objectives of the programe and priority issues

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals is: to continue with the provision of basic services in the nine camps and in the hosting communities in Thailand.

  1. Continued access to basic services for refugees in the nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border and their hosting communities, leading to self-reliant and sustainable outcomes.
  2. Improved camp governance through sector-based interventions, leading to more self-reliant and empowered encamped refugees, including the most vulnerable.
  3. Improved preparedness for a sustainable voluntary return, in line with international standards (spontaneous and promoted return).
  4. Financial allocation provided by the contracting authority

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 7,500,000.

The available budget under this call for proposals is divided into to three lots as follows:

Lot 1: Actions covering both health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) sectors

Lot 2: Actions on education sector

Lot 3: Actions on livelihoods sector or protection/governance sector

If the allocation indicated for a specific lot cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to another lot.

Types of action

In order to enable the refugees to fully realise their human potential during their refuge in Thailand or their return, the proposals must cover all three types of actions listed below. 

  1. Actions to provide continued access to basic services (health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH); education; livelihoods) for refugees in the nine camps across the Thai-Myanmar border and its hosting communities, leading to self-reliant and sustainable outcomes.
  2. Actions to improve camp governance through sector-based interventions, leading to more self-reliant and empowered encamped refugees, including the most vulnerable.
  3. Actions to improve preparedness for a sustainable voluntary return, in line with international standards (spontaneous and promoted return).

Deadline of this grant: 27 May 2016

For more information:https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?ADSSChck=1457315573461&do=publi.detPUB&aoref=151229&userlanguage=en

UNCRC 26th Anniversary at DUGA in Bosnia Herzegovina

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Celebration of the children’s rights convention

An Overview

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that sets out universally accepted rights for children. It is a benchmark against which a nation’s treatment of its children can be measured. It brings together in one comprehensive code the benefits and protection for children hitherto scattered in a variety of other agreements, including the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted in 1959. The UN Convention also affirms that human rights contained in other treaties apply equally to children.

As a result it is leading many nations to address elements of children’s lives that have hitherto been ignored but that represent our fundamental humanity. One of these – at the heart of children’s lives everywhere – is the right to play.

Especially, we want to point out Article 31, which is important for children and youth:

-Children must have space and time for play, recreation and relaxing;

-Playing helps children to stay safe, healthy and happy;

-“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts”;

– ”Promotion the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

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Primary school pupils take the stage for poetry evening

According to Article 31 from the Convention of the Rights of children, Association ”DUGA” was organized various workshops for pupils in three primary schools.

In Catholic school was organized ”Poetry evening”. Pupils in cooperation with teachers of Bosnian and foreign languages (English and French) selected poems of famous poets such as Jacques Prevert, William Shakespeare, Dobriša Cesarić, Antun Gustav Matoš etc. Reading the verses in Bosnian, English and French, united beauty of three different literature. The words were mixed with music, drawing for audience. With sounds of guitar, students introduced themselves with their own compositions, reading them also in three different languages and showed their creativity and originality.

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Pupils from elementary school ‘’Aleksa Šantić’’ participated in a creative workshop, where they had writing essay on topic ‘’My leisure time’’. The most of pupils prefer to spend their free time outdoors, because leisure time is always precious, and people want to use it to the fullest. They enjoy to spent leisure time with their family and friends. For them, it is more intresting and relaxing than staying indoors. Being outdoors give them the opportunity to see new sights, try new things, and meet new people. Pupils also enjoy to spent their free time for resting, recreation and entertainment,  reading books, playing sport, listening music, walking, going to cinema etc.

In elementary school ‘’Džemaludin Čaušević’’ was organized creative workshop, where pupils were divided into four groups and each group had its own way expressed their view of free time. Creativity allows pupils to express and trust themselves. It builds a spirit of inquiry and exploration. Creativ work helping young people develop the personal and professional skills to meaningfully shape their futures for the better.

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In leisure time children can develop their creativity, skills, expand their knowledge and socialize in accordance with their interests, needs and desires.

Leisure time provides pupils the following:

  • the opportunity to develop and test their own skills,
  • exploring their own interests,
  • introducing yourself and others,
  • introducing and developing of their own needs.

The advantages and relevance of quality spending of leisure time and their impact on children includes:

  • Connection, broadening and deepening of knowledge (Leisure time can be a valuable factor of comprehensive development of children. It may encourage the process of acquiring of knowledge, psychophysical development of knowledge, skills (language and social skills) and habits acquired in the classroom and extra-curricular activities.
  • Adoption of new knowledge, skills and habits (During the summer holidays, introduced leisure activities, such as more frequent spending time in nature, reading books, educational games with peers, learning a new foreign language etc.).
  • Developing of interest in community work (developing interest in nature and the building up of ecological habits).
  • Empowerment for leisure activities that will serve the development of education, prevention of all types of addictions, health protection and advancement.
  • Empowerment for active participation in social life (development and empowerment of social network, providing better communication with peers).
  • Encourage children’s creativity (Encourage children to read for pleasure and participate in the arts. Limit TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like rehearsing a play, learning to draw, reading every book written by a favorite author).
  • Empowerment for communication, interaction and cooperation with others (The opportunity for social interactions with others is very important for the development of all children. Through social interactions, children begin to establish a sense of “self” and to learn what others expect of them. Although social interactions primarily occur within the family, as children grow and develop, they become more and more interested in playing and interacting with other children. When playing with others, children learn appropriate social behaviours, such as sharing, cooperating, and respecting the property of others).
  • Enabling of exploring other and different (Children should join with other children in their play, activities and discussion and on that way they exploring other children’s needs, wishes, knowledge, interests, skills and experiences).
  • Enabling of learning flexibility and tolerance (Through interaction and cooperation with other, children learning flexibility and tolerance).

Strengthening self-confidence and self-reliance (Children should spend more time in free play when they can explore their own ideas and think for themselves. Parents and teachers should encourage them to be  self-confidence and self-reliance.

DUGA team.

 

UNCRC 26th Anniversary at VSSS in India

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UNCRC 26th Anniversary at VSSS in India

Vijayapuram Social Service Society had a variety of programmes related to UN Child Right Day.

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Seminar for Balavedi children at VSSS

We had organized Seminars on child right for school children and for co-patrons of Balavedi, the Children’s Forum.  The classes were led by Mr.Jomon P.L, coordinator, Childline and  Mr.P.J.Shaju, employment officer, Kalady Sanscrit University, for Children and Mr.Jeno M.scariah, a Child Right Activist,  for Co-patrons.

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A second programme was a Street Play organized with the support of Social Work department of BCM College, Kottayam.  The programme was performed at various junctions of Kottayam District.  It highlighted the Rights of the children and the rights of girl children.  This was well appreciated and applauded by the public.

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Assistant collector signing the Declaration on Child right

A third programme was a mobile  exhibition on Bus organized by the department of child welfare, Government of Kerala.  Vijayapuram Social Service Society hosted the exhibition in Kottayam District.  The exhibition in Kottayam district was inaugurated by Dr.Divya S.Ayyar,  the Assistant District Collector of Kottayam.  The children from various schools visited the exhibition.

VSSS team

UNCRC 26th Anniversary at CPCR in Thailand with “Sex Education for Children” Program

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UNCRC 26th Anniversary at CPCR in Thailand with “Sex Education for Children” Program

“NO!”, it is a voice from our children at Wat Sathatham School when they refuse people’s request, ask for help and stop the child abuse. This is a practice from ‘feeling “YES”, feeling “NO” training program’ by CPCR.

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November 15th, CPCR conducts a sex education activity, “The Voluntary Spirit: from me to you, Sex Education for our Children”, at Wat Sathatham School in Samutsakorn Province. This is a special event because CPCR has invited 22 volunteers to run the program by themselves. The training program aims to educate 28 secondary school students. Since these students live in industrial and tourist areas in Bang-Jakeang district, Samutsakorn Province, it can be assumed that they live in risky area and may be sexually abused by the local people.

It is surprised that some students still believe that only being raped and having sex with strangers are a sexual abuse. The sexual abuse can also be in term of being touched and non-touched action. The program starts with an introduction of the program which tells children with the basic knowledge of child abuse. Then, the training is divided into 4 sessions.  They will learn how to protect themselves and have knowledge to get away from the abuser.

The 1st Session: Learn How to Refuse: This program aims to educate children to assess the situation. When they feel unsafe, they learn 1) how to move away the risky area; 2) how to ask for help and refuse to follow people’s request. “NO” and “HELP ME!” are words that children will keep in minds when they are in the unsafe situation; and 3) how to run away and ask for help from people whom they can trust.

The 2nd Session: Learn How to Make a Decision: This session, children learn how to question themselves before they act something. There are 3 questions that children must ask themselves when they are in the risky situation: 1) How do I feel? Good? Or Bad? Safe? Or Unsafe? 2) Will our parents know where I am now if I go with those people? and 3) If there is an emergency whether or not I can be recused.

The 3rd Session: Learn How to Classify Types of Touching: This activity wants children to be able to classify type of touching and action by other people. They would understand whether or not the situation where they are is a sexual abuse. The ‘Good Touch’ is the action that children feel safe. For example; a parents is touching children’s heads. On the other hands, the ‘Bad Touch’ is the situation that children feel uncomfortable, dislike and unsafe. For example; the parent is touching children’s thigh. Children tell their own feeling and assess the risky situation. They understand that whether or not the situation that they encounter is a sexual abuse.

The 4th Session: Learn How to Assess the Situation in the Society: children will learn the current situation in the society. There is a danger around them. Children learn how to assess the circumstance and get away from the unsafe situation.

Even though “The Voluntary Spirit: from me to you, Sex Education for our Children”, is only a 3-hour training course, children have a chance to understand how to act safe and share fun & laugh with CPCR volunteer. CPCR observes and gathers feedbacks from the children and volunteers.

“Helping people fulfills our energy and make us more matured. We help our people and support our society”

“The volunteer learn together with children. We listen children and learn how to communicate with them. When we talk to them, we need to talk clearly. This will help us when we go to work.”

“I am so happy to join this program. I have gained more experiences when I teach children”

“The Voluntary Spirit: from me to you, Sex Education for our Children”, program ends with happiness. At the end of session, all children and volunteers dance together. CPCR have a high hope that children learn how to protect themselves and will be safe and away from all dangers in the society.

CPCR team

UNCRC 26th Anniversary at CPCR in Thailand with “The Greatest Love” program

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UNCRC 26th Anniversary at CPCR in Thailand with  “The Greatest Love” program

How’s about you? Are you ready to share your love to children and to the world?”

This is the last sentence from young actors who have asked 200 audiences of CPCR Children’s Performance, ‘The Greatest Love’, on November 21st at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center.

3The Children’s Performance, ‘The Greatest Love’, is a story of a young kid who feels lonely. Even though she lives with her parents, they are very busy and do not have time for her. When her family has a free time, they spend time on electronic gadgets such as a smart phone and a tablet. Parents ignore their daughter and forget to provide love and care to her. Then, the girl starts her journey by herself and walks into a forest. When she is in the forest, she is unexpectedly disguised herself to be a two-headed monster. She keeps walking and finds a small village, named – “the Sufficiency Economy Village”. Most people in this village live their lives according to the Philosophy of the Sufficiency Economy by Thai King Rama IX. The two-headed monster appreciates and wants to follow the King’s philosophy by helping them planting.  However, there is a small group of villager who does not follow the philosophy. This villager enjoys gambling, using drug and drinking alcohol. The villager also leaves their own children alone in the house and does not pay attentions. Suddenly, there is a heavy storm and flood attack. The two-headed monster wants to help the villager to be safe. She uses all her energy to bring safety and happiness to the village. But now the two-headed monster has no energy left and she almost dies. All villagers see her voluntary spirit and feel appreciation on her love and encouragement. They all cry for her. At the period of time, parents of the girl search for her daughter and know that this brave two-headed monster is their daughter. Finally, from the power of love from parents and villagers, the two-headed monster turns to be a normal girl again and back to life. She goes back to her house and lives happily with her family.

6The show ends with a big applause from the audience in the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center. 20 young actors from 3 shelters – Baan Nontapun House for Children with Disabilities, Duang Prateep Foundation (Kanchanaburi Shleter) and ‘Baan Oun Rak’ CPCR Assessment & Treatment Shelter – come out in front of the curtain and take a bow to the audience. A happiness and pride can be seen in all children’s faces. Outside the auditorium, most audiences show a moral support to children by writing them a note.

“You are cute and talented. I really feel impressive and I am proud of you, all”

“Your performance is so much fun and you are great”

“We wish you all the best!”

“Keep fighting! We wish you a happiness!”

The performance is part of the drama therapy that CPCR provide to children who are a victim of abuse, neglect and exploitation for 11 years. One of caretakers at ‘Baan Oun Rak’ also shares her opinion after she observes her children’s behavior.

“We can say that there are a lot of positive changes in our children. One girl, she is shy and she always cries without any reason. She sometimes screams and cannot participate any program at ‘Baan Oun Rak.’ However, after joining a drama therapy, she works very well and continues the program until the last session. We, the staff, feel excited. After we saw her performance, we are really proud of her and cannot keep this thing to ourselves. We feel happy and want to tell everyone how good she is. The most important thing we see is her happiness. All children do it very well. They don’t fell they are forced to do it. But they enjoy doing it.”

This year, CPCR has asked children from 2 partners to join the program again. Children from Baan Nontapun House for Children with Disabilities and Duang Prateep Foundation (Kanchanaburi Shleter) are enthusiastic to participate the program. Again, the drama therapy shows a positive development in our children.

4“This is a great program. The first thing is children have a chance to meet a new people. They make a new friend. They are brave and overcome their own fear. I really appreciate on a coordination of 3 shelters and volunteer. They come to us and help our children. Some of our children cannot work. There is a support from everyone. Thank you for giving them an opportunity.” (Mother Kitt – the Caretaker from Baan Nontapun House for Children with Disabilities)

Although children are lively again on the stage, in reality all children need love and care from family members and everyone in the society. They must live in a safe environment and away from any kind of violence. CPCR would like to ask everyone to build a caring society – the society that is safe and warm for children.

CPCR team

UNCRC 26th ANNIVERSARY at Anh Duong in Vietnam

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Picture1 On the occasion of 26th Anniversary of the Convention on Rights of the Child, Anh Duong organized the contest for teachers to make the teaching visual tools for children. There were 26 teachers of 5 kindergartens in Phung Hiep district of Hau Giang province in the Mekong Delta region to participate in the contest. It indirectly aimed at provided children more opportunities and rights to access better education in terms of teaching methodologies.

Picture2The contest prepared well for local teachers to design more teaching visual tools and games to make children who are excited and interested in involving in the lessons. Having evaluated throughout short interviews at the end of contest, most of teachers expressed their satisfactions and increased good methodologies in designing visual tools and games for children. Participant said that “Interesting games and teaching tools I make children feel happy and excited going to school every day”.

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Partage Vietnam: Friendly Library for students

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“We make the difference” is a slogan of Partage Vietnam and volunteers HSBC Group created when they conduct together the friendly library project in the province of Tra Vinh.

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New library in school

In this project, PVN and HSBC have renewed a library in a secondary school in Hoa with complete facilities such as books, maps, fans, and library.

They created this friendly library for all students who want to access and use the schoolbook. Students will be owners of this library and they will take the responsibility of it. In each class, there is a mini library where students can contribute and share their favorite books with friends.

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Students in Life skills training

In addition, volunteers from the bank and staff Partage Vietnam implement training activities for children with the “financial management”, “self-awareness” and “Identify purpose of the study.” This is a great chance for students to learn new knowledge. They really enjoyed the many themes of training and they took part in it with enthusiasm.

Now the new library is huge motivation of study for all students in high school in Hoa that missed of school supplies. With the knowledge they learned in training classes, students will get a better education motivation.