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‘the Teacher Classroom’

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June 20th, CPCR Child & Family Development Unit has conducted ‘the Teacher Classroom’ for Child Protection Schools in the Central Region of Thailand. CPCR has invited Mr. Kriattiyong Praweewarakul, the clinical psychologist, to run a training program for teachers to understand a behavior of students and how to find suitable ways to support them. Teachers also learn the brain function and child development in various ages.

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CPCR believes that all misbehaviors that children have expressed are not a problem. But it is a massage from children. They want to tell us they are in trouble and wait for help.

Training on Child Friendly Environment at Schools to the Teachers

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Voice of Children (VOC) organized a training about child friendly environment at sc2905 - 1hools of Lalitpur district in coordination with South Eastern Regional School Coordination Committee (SERESCOL) from 29th to 30th April 2017. In total 33 teachers from 33 schools were participated in the training. The topics of the training were introduction of child friendly environment at school, concept of child friendly environment and discussion on examples of child friendly environment. In the training, participants raised the issues of child abuses, infrastructure of schools, quality of education, parent’s participation at school and children’s behaviors.

The facilitators were Mr. Ramesh Prasad Ghimire – Headmaster of Saraswoti Bidhyashram Secondary School Chandanpur, Mr. Dewa Nanda Thakur – Teacher of Bag Vairab Secondary School and Mr. Yadab Nepal – Senior Project Officer of VOC and they facilitated 2 days training.

In conclusion, most of the participants 2905-2expressed that this training is very useful to work with the children in child friendly environment. Voice of Children is very thankful by organizing such a wonderful training which helps to increase for the quality of education.

 

 

 

By VOC team

Celebration of 7th International Day for Street Children

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Voice of Children celebrated the 7th International Day for Street Children on 12th AprIMG_20170412_115228il 2017, Wednesday in the premises of Socialization Center, Lubu. The children from Drop-In-Center, Socialization Center, Reintegration Program and Family Development Program were participated in the program. The program was organized by the Child Development Club of VOC and around 100 participants were presented in the program. Children were presented songs, poem, dance and jokes.

A group of children performed a drama called LALABALA related on ‘Online Child Sexual Abuse’. The drama was about the prevention of online child sexual abuse. The children were very happy by organizing this program and showing their activities.

All staffs of DIC, SC, RP, Director and Technical Advisor were presented in the program to encourage the children and promotion of their participation. Voice of Children is organizing this program since 6 years. IMG_20170412_131610

By VOC

‘A Story from the Past’

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April 8th, a child activity is conducted at CPCR Baan Paplearn in Bangkokyai District. ‘A Story from the Past’ is a child & family development activity that CPCR introduces to children this week. CPCR staff and CPCR Child Guards invite representatives, the elders, from Bangkokyai Community to tell that the history of the local area. Since, next week, April 13th is a traditional Thai New Year Festival – Songkarn Day, the story of Songkran Day from many generations is also shared to children. Children learn a true meaning of Thai Culture and know their own community. Another session of the program that is introduced to children is ‘the Origami Tale’. It is the program that designs for children to create their own tale from the art of paper folding. At the end of the program, to celebrate the Thai Culture Songkarn Day, children has a chance to practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hand and ask for blessing. CPCR wishes that this activity would be useful for children to see how importance of our own roots and share to next generation when they grown up.

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Baan Paplearn : A Community Service in Bangkokyai District

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Baan Paplearn : An Outside Classroom Learning Space for Children, Family and People in the Society:

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It is an intention from all CPCR team members to renovate an empty house next to the head office at Bangkokyai District to be a community service for everyone in the society. ‘Baan Paplearn’ is:

  • A space to promote child & family development program;
  • A classroom for parents to learn child rearing technique;
  • A center to advocate a knowledge of child development for general public;
  • A meeting spot for CPCR Child Guard (CPCR volunteer);

On March 11th, 2017, Baan Paplearn has official opened for everyobe. There are CPCR staff and CPCR Child Guards who welcome children and parents to join the 1st child & family development program.

Around 10 am, there are a mother and her daughter who are the first group to visit Baan Paplearn. When there is the first member, CPCR team members and Child Guards feel relieve and have a full energy to continue the program. Later, it is a word of mouth. There are many children stepping in Baan Paplearn to apply for the program. It is CPCR regulation that all children who join CPCR programs are required permission from their parents. If there is one child who come to Baan Plaplearn and doesn’t tell their parents, CPCR staff will ring parents of the child and inform the story.

At 1 pm., there are now 21 children at Baan Plaplearn. CPCR team members and Child Guards starts an orientation program and introduce who we are and what we do. It is the program that CPCR team members, Child Guard and children get to know each other. Activities that CPCR teams introduce to children are DIY notebook making and Dough playing. CPCR wants children to have fun and develop their cognitive thinking through the art program. After finishing the program, children share their feedbacks to CPCR teams. They really enjoy the activity and they learn what to do during their spare time.

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Baan Paplearn is opened on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. If you want your children to join CPCR activity at Baan Paplearn, please come and join us. You can also contribute to CPCR programs. Please contact our foundation.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AT REMOTE AREAS

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With target of improving learning environment for students in remote areas, recently, Partage Vietnam has continuously implemented school building projects in Long An province to ensure children a friendly and safe place to study.

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Phuoc Tan Hung kindergarten is located in Chau Thanh district, Long An province, one of the most remote area of the province. The income of people is unstable, which merely comes from planting and feeding.

In 2015, all children are taught under a new school built from the budget of Chau Thanh district people’s committee and contribution of others citizens. However, the school is still in water shortage so far. Living in this area, to have water, the inhabitants have to drill 330 – 360m depth into the ground which is costly and unaffordable to the local people.  Thus, the population is frequently facing 6 months of lacking water. There is only one water resource used for 217 households and 7 local authority offices. Furthermore, the school is located at the ending line of water resource which causes the shortage of time of having water. The school is currently sharing water resources with its neighbors, so the water retrieval speed is slow, especially during the rush hours. In the afternoon, it is really hard to get enough water to use for cooking and for the daily lives of children. All this brings about an urgent need for drilling a well and setup a water treatment system for this kindergarten to provide enough a fresh water resource for the children.

Understand that situation, Partage Vietnam coordinated with Germany Consulate to implement “Accessible purified water” to create a clean, sufficient and hygienic water resources for students at Phuoc Tan Hung kindergarten. The well construction and purified water system contributes to ensure the clean water for daily use of 222 students at the kindergarten, 375 students of a primary school nearby and the surrounding households.

 “OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS TO SCHOOL” PROJECT AT TAN THANH B PRIMARY SCHOOL

Tan Thanh is one of the poor communes of Tan Thanh district with agricultural economics. The main income of inhabitants comes from the rice fields, lotus fields or fishes caught from the near rivers. Out-of-school figures are increasing in the following years as lack of classrooms. In the flood season, the water level averagely reaches 2m high. The students cannot go to the school at peak flood season as all way to school is under water and if they still want to go, they have to take a small boat. The branch at Kinh Moi Hamlet VI has in dilapidated situation by time and stopped using since the first day of year 2014. Because the school closed, students have to take at least 3km to the main point. Some students take from 6km to 8km to study at schools in Dong Thap province that has same line border with Long An province.IMG_1386

Therefore, with the hope of creating a better learning environment and encouraging students to go to school, Partage Vietnam sought support from donors and received fund from Our Fellow Man (OFMA), a non-profit organization in Taiwan, to build four new classrooms at Tan Thanh B Primary school. The local government also supported to build a new restroom, schoolyard and school fence for the school.

On 08/03/2017, the opening ceremony of the new school block had been conducted with the happiness of students, teachers, parents and local authorities. With the support of volunteers of Partage Vietnam, the new school walls were decorated with beautiful pictures and cute animals which made the school looked more friendly and lively to students. The new school creates a favorable condition for 150 students aged 6 – 10 to access to school and shorten their distance from home to school every day. Moreover, it also helps to ensure students a safe and hygienic learning environment instead of using the old dilapidated classroom and restroom. In addition, their parents can save time from taking their children to school and focus more on their works, which helps to increase their incomes and improve their lives.

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Cow Farming – An Initiative of Voice of Children, Nepal

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Voice of Children has started Cow Farming in the Socialization Center (Preparation Center) from May 2016. The main objectives of cow farming are to provide the pure and fresh milk for children, teach the children life skills about cow farming and produce organic fertilizer for the vegetable. The concept of cow farming started due to the interest of children where a calf provided from local community.  After this, VOC brought a milking cow to fulfillment of the children interest and need of the center. The produced fertilizers are used for vegetable and flowers. Now, Cow farming has become a good source of fertilizer for organic vegetable production.

Voice of Children is running Socialization Center with the support of PARTAGE-France. This is the place where street children prepare to reintegrate in their family and community by ensuring their growth in family environment. While children coming in the Drop-in-Center are encouraged to leave their street life and as they show their interest to adopt family life they are referred to this center. This center helps children to find their unique ability and prepares plan of action for sustaiIMG_20161217_105709nable life.

The children are very happy to have cows in Socialization Center. They love and care of them by feeding and gazing them in the field. An elder child of the center, named Nabin Pariyar is more excited and uses to care the 3 cows. He is interested in vegetable farming and animal husbandry. The cow farming has become an opportunity for children to know about cattle farming.

Voice of Children has planned to do networking and coordination with Agriculture and Veterinary Office to conduct related trainings for interested children and staff member also. At the same time, VOC will collaborate with interested donor agencies for strengthen of such farming to transfer the skills to the children and fund raising perspective to the organization.

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YOUNG JOURNALISTS

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Children are inquisitive and enthusiastic to learn new things. As present generation is more social media friendly and news and information’s flowing in social media make a huge impact on children. Keeping this thought CWCN organized three days Journalism and communication training for children to deliver the value and importance of news and information. 11 Children who had desire to write, desire to be known, desire to influence for good, desire for knowledge were selected for this training among many others.

For children knowledge about news, communication and journalism was fun and also very effective. Topics covered during three days trainings were  Introduction to journalism and communication, child journalism, role of child journalist, what is news and its types, how to make news ,sources of news, wall magazine and it’s setting, what is interview how to do it, radio journalism and more others to mention. Children learned the purpose of journalism is that it provide information to public and how right and wrong information makes a great difference in a society and impact the people’s mind. Children were very enthusiastic during the training and trainer expected that children learned honestly and training was useful for them in every aspect of life.

Children also learned that news is that part of communication that keeps us informed of the changing events, issues, and characters in the world outside. Though it may be interesting or even entertaining, the foremost value of news is as a utility to empower the informed. The purpose of joyoung journalisturnalism is thus to provide public with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.

For children there are many reason for becoming a journalist and many type of journalists to become and it is a career with many challenges and rewards. They also realized that that Journalists must have an interest in world around them, love language, alert mind, be friendly, reliable and polite to be a successful journalist and good communicator.

 

By CWCN