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Parents’ Awareness of New Forms of Child Sexual Abuse Remains Low

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hsdungdt_1Many adults and children in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have a limited understanding of the risks of sexual abuse. This startling fact is revealed in a new report: “Sex, Abuse and Childhood: A study about knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse, including in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam” compiled in Bangkok, Thailand on June 4.

The report finds that children and their families have a limited understanding of what child sexual abuse is, and how it can be prevented. The four-country report presents an overview of the findings of four separate surveys conducted in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam between 2011 and 2012. The report was officially launched on June 4, by Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, with funding from the Australian government and support from World Vision. The report finds that of all the groups interviewed, parents had the lowest levels of understanding on the issue of child sexual abuse. Vietnamese parents were even unable to clearly verbalize behavior or identify examples of child sexual abuse.

Children at risk due to use of the internet is highlighted in the report.

According to the Vietnamese survey, all of the interviewed students brought their cell phones to school. Every day, they text between 20 and 50 messages, spend two to seven hours using the phone, and from one to four hours chatting online or playing video games. One Vietnamese 16-year-old female high school student reported that 20 out of her 200 yahoo IDs on her contact list belonged to strangers whom she now considered to be her friends. She gave her mobile phone number to five of those strangers, of whom four are male. “Many children do not understand the risks of using the internet and are unaware that many sex offenders will try to lure children through chat sites. As a general rule, children should never chat to strangers online,” says Mr. Nguyen Khanh Hoi, National Coordinator of Project Childhood Prevention Pillar of World Vision Vietnam. The report indicates that the Internet was also used by sex offenders to de-sensitize children to acts of abuse. “There are new forms of child sexual abuse that have been appearing together with the boom of technology.

How are sexually abusive acts?

Sexually abusive acts, such as uploading child abuse images via sex websites or sex chatting with children or forcing children to reveal their bodies via webcam, are not generally recognized as forms of sexual abuse. We found that children did not seem to be aware of the danger that strangers posed online”, he adds. Of the total of 600 people interviewed in the report, 257 people including 156 children and 101 adults were interviewed in Vietnam. The respondents consisted of school children, street and working children, parents and relatives, friends of children, duty bearers, hotel owners, orphans and abandoned children. In Vietnam, the study took place in districts 4 and 8 of Ho Chi Minh City and in Do Son and Thuy Nguyen districts in Haiphong. “Limited understanding of child sexual abuse by children and adults means that cases can go undetected,” says Aarti Kapoor, Regional Program Manager of Childhood Project. The report recommends child sexual abuse prevention education, particularly for parents, children and community members. “We know from international experience that child sexual abuse prevention education is an effective preventative mechanism to build resilience against abuse in vulnerable communities”, says Aarti Kapoor, “Children and adults need the information, skills and strategies to protect children from all kinds of sexual abuse – whether committed by a stranger, foreigner, local person, friend or family member”. “We cannot get sustainable success in child sexual abuse prevention and protection by raising awareness of only one separate targeted group. We also cannot impose or prohibit children from their desire of exploring the world by using internet and technology. Integrated education and communication for children, family and community members should be implemented”, adds Mr. Hoi.

The report also shows that children in difficult circumstances and in indigenous places such as rural, mountainous areas or even orphanages tend to become the targeted destination of foreign child sex offenders.

 Source : www.ngocentre.org.vn

Launching of ALDIN, the “latin american” Lamako

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Seminar in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, april 2014

Seminar in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, April 2014

Further to the training seminar on fundraising that brought them together in April, Latin American partners have organized a network. Julie Saturné, responsible for programs monitoring at Partage, explains the first steps in this process.

 

Which organizations are involved?

Compartir in Honduras, le GACC in Brazil, l’INEPE and San Juan de Jérusalem in Ecuador the ALDIN (Alianza Latinoamericana por el Desarrollo Integral de Niñez, in english “Latin American Alliance for the holistic development of children” ). These organizations are involved in various fields: education, health, community development.

What motivated the launch of the network?

All these organizations, at their own level, understood the interest of network locally, to discuss their practices and conduct advocacy with local government bodies. Very concretely, what happened at the seminar in Honduras is that the partners realized that they had in common in their approaches and in their difficulties, and trade brought them new ideas, allow them to share their knowledge.

Actions they are already included in the name ALDIN?

During the training seminar on the mobilization of local resources, each association has established an action plan until the end of 2014. At the end of the seminar, it was decided to organize exchanges to make a monitoring point every two months. These group meetings via skype were planned at this time, until the end of 2014. Exchanges “on the fly” also took place via email, to share tools, addresses of resource websites…

The idea of ​​common action has been validated, but otherwise no other collective actions have yet been defined. For example, one could imagine doing something together for Children’s Day or setting up actions to raise awareness for violence prevention. Moreover, the organization of a next meeting in two years, most likely in Brazil, was demanded by all of ALDIN members.

The Latin American partners wanted to access the blog Lamako?

The responsible of Partage “programmes department” presented what are doing the other networks attached to Lamako. The ALDIN partners are very interested in what is happening outside, they saw the blog and asked that a Spanish version opens after the English version, that will soon be launched. This is a way for them to know the other partners and also a way to share tools. Meanwhile, to share tools, we use a common “Dropbox”.

Blog Handbook

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Handbook Front Page

 

In a few pages, this guide explains how browsing the blog:

  • topics, their content, their purpose
  • new blog features
  • how to publish a document, ask for help …

To download this document, click on the link:  Handbook Blog Lamako.

The child exploitation and online protection centre website

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Are you looking for attractive and pedagogical material to inform children on dangers they may face and how to look for help ? Partage Vietnam recommands you online educational resources coming from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) .CEOP2

This command of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is tasked to work both nationally and internationally to bring online child sex offenders to the British courts. It has initiated an International Child Protection Network, active in many parts of the world, areas where from experience the CEOP know that children have been targeted by in particular offenders travelling from the UK in the past.

The Network has been pthinkyouknowarticularly active in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Romania, building up international advisory panel that includes the national police forces, government agencies, the British embassy as well as specialist charities and organisations, all working collectively to protect children. Many resources are gathered in dedicated section of the CEOP website.

Developed also by the Center, the Thinkuknow website contains lots of information, advice and guidance to educate children and young people to keep themselves and their peers safe on the internet. It also aims to empower parents, carers and professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to keep children in their care safe online.

Some cartoons are translated in other languages or adapted to specific problematics : for example Lee and Kim cartoon is avalaible in Vietnamese or the Mai and Tam’s Tales.

Best practices in enhancing the effectiveness of teachers: call for participation to the Unesco-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum prize

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The Unesco-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum prize for outstanding practice and performance in enhancing the effectiveness of teachers is all about improving education quality through raising teacher standards. It was created in 2008 and is funded by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Awarded every two years, the Prize is worth US $270.000 and is divided between three winners.

As well as aiming to improve educational practices around the world, it also gives priority to developing countries and to marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

The winners of the Prize are projects that have made an outstanding contribution, through their teacher-related activities, to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.

To submit a nomination, please download the guide (PDF) and the form for the letter of nomination (.DOC).

Deadline for nomination is October 31, 2013

Contact: ma.forzani(at)unesco.org

Towards a new workshop of the RAEE/ Lamako Network in Benin, end of October 2013

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Members of the RAEE (Radiant Child African) Lamako Networkare actually getting mobilized to organize a new workshop around the following theme:

The Sustainability of Educational Projects.

Members of the RAEE will share their thoughts and experiences about the various models of local financing and skills transfers in management, leadership and pedagogy, but also about training, in the context of this desire to perpetuate educational projects implemented in the field.

This gathering will take place from October 28th until November 2nd 2013 in Benin, with the warm welcome of our friends of the NGO Racines (Roots).

We shall keep you informed of the progress of this project.

See you soon,

Stéphane Hamouis

Coordinator of RAEE / LAMAKO Network

African-children Day

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June 16 is the African-children Day*. Entirely involved in the defense of children rights, the member organizations of the Radiant Child African Network (Reseau Afrique Affiche MESADEnfance Epanouie –RAEE-, in french) are many to mobilize energies for this celebration.
Among them, the Ivorian NGO MESAD (movement for education, health and development) is organizing a festivity which will gather 2000 children from the district of Abidjan and will take place under the patronage of Mrs. Anne Désirée Ouloto, Minister of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children.
Celebrating this day fits into the scheme of actions to promote and defend the children rights initiated by MESAD. The 2013 edition has as theme: “Together against social- and cultural practices with adverse impacts on children”. The children will promote their rights through a parade and various artistic activities.
This event is organized in partnership with Terre des Hommes Italy, thanks to the support of the European Union and the collaboration of the Red Cross. It will start one day before the official date, Saturday June 15 2013, in the social- and educational complex “Centre Ami de Coeur” in Yopougon quarter, Doukouré Yao Sehi, from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm.

To learn more: www.mesad.org .

* African-Children Day is celebrated since 1991, in memory of the hundreds of young girls and boys massacred in Soweto, South Africa in 1976, during a protest march against the bad quality of their education.

Article translated by Christian