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Children Lead the Way International Declaration!

 

In January 2015, 12 girls and boys in the CLW program from Bolivia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Paraguay and Canada met in Canada to share their experiences and develop an International Declaration for the Children Lead the Way program.  We are so proud of their work and were honoured to be with them!

See the Conference Summary Video:

 

Read the International Declaration in English, as well as Spanish and French.

 

Watch the International Declaration Video:

 

“The Quest” Youth Conference Preparation Methodology

Learn about how our youth from each country prepared for their Quest to Canada and participation in the Youth Conference, and get the methodology here.

CLW Youth Conference Reports

CLW- 2016 End of Program Conference report

CLW – Youth conference report

 

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Children Lead the Way in El Cusco – Peru

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Tatiana Romero, the Senior Advisor for Education and Child Protection recently visited Peru and had the opportunity to visit the region of El Cusco.  The purpose of the trip was to follow up on the advances in the establishment of a CETPRO (Technical and Productive Education Centre) and to analyse how this initiative could be better integrated into the Reference Center (RC).

Please click on the link below to read about her visit!

Children Lead the Way in El Cusco – Final

Tatiana and her son have also produced a great video that highlights the Reference Centres support by the CLW Program in El Cusco. These Reference Centres are implemented by Save the Children in partnership with a local NGO called INTI- Runakunaq Wasin – IRW .

Click on the link below to see the video which is posted on YouTube!

CLW Reference Centres in El Cusco, Peru

Premio al mejor plan de negocios ( English Translation Link below)

Best Business Plan Award Nicaragua (Translation)  ( Link to English Translation!)

*** Tres jóvenes de Jinotega ganaron concurso entre más de 300 grupos competidores.

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La población de la comunidad Frank Tijerino ahora se siente de orgullosa de tener entre sus habitantes a tres jóvenes emprendedoras que recientemente ganaron un premio al presentar el mejor plan de negocios ante la organización Teach a Man to Fish; esto como parte del concurso Escuela Emprendedora 2014 que promueve esta organización internacional.

El grupo conformado por Jessica Rivera de 16 años, Jovania Reyes de 16 y Tania Chavarria de 19, son tres estudiantes que forman parte de la carrera técnica en agroecología que promueve la organización La Cuculmeca a través del Programa Niñas y Niños lideran el camino, con financiamiento de Save the Children Canadá.

Lo que se venía haciendo de manera académica se convirtió de momento en un proyecto empresarial y en un plan de vida para cada una de estas jovencitas. Por más de seis meses las tres estudiantes trabajaron arduamente para elaborar un plan de negocios sobre la crianza de gallinas ponedoras que les permitiera comercializar los huevos en la comunidad y obtener un ingreso económico.

Durante los últimos seis meses trabajamos duro para presentar una buena idea que fuera innovadora y que les interesara a la organización Teach a Man to Fish. Al principio tuvimos muchas dificultades por los formatos y la manera en como debíamos organizarnos, pero una vez que obtuvimos la guía sobre cómo hacerlo, pusimos manos a la obra”, puntualiza Jessica.

Con el premio recibido, el grupo planea poder implementar su plan de negocio y convertirlo en un negocio innovador, con vocación de servicio a la comunidad y al medio ambiente, pero más importante aún, ellas planean cooperar y transmitir sus conocimientos y experiencias a los otros estudiantes de la misma carrera su comunidad, quienes desde ya se están preparando para participar en la edición 2015 del Concurso Escuela Emprendedora.

Por su parte, don Mario Rivera, padre de la joven expresó que siempre se mostró confiado en el esfuerzo de su hija y que por eso le cedió el espacio donde criaba los cerdos para que ellas puedan convertirlo en gallinero y que pongan en marcha su proyecto.

El premio fue entregado por Christine Moser, Coordinadora de Teach A Man To Fish para Nicaragua, y consistió en la entrega de 500 dólares que fueron recaudados gracias a la colaboración de la financiera,  Fundación FAMA.

“Para ganar este premio, las jóvenes tuvieron que competir a nivel global con más de 300 grupos de Latinoamérica que presentaron sus propios planes de negocios. Solo a nivel de Nicaragua recibimos propuestas de planes de negocios de 17 grupos en diferentes áreas de negocios”, enfatizó Christine Moser, Coordinadora de Teach A Man To Fish para Nicaragua y Centroamérica.

La entrega del premio fue realizada en casa de Jessica y contó con la participación de familiares de las jóvenes ganadoras, facilitadores y equipo de dirección de La Cuculmeca así como también representantes de Save the Children.

“Este programa educativo apuesta por elevar la autoestima, para que las y los jóvenes confíen en sus capacidades y descubran en ellos un espíritu de emprendedurismo que les permita contar con un plan de vida, convirtiéndolos en personas comprometidas con una visión hacia su futuro, comentó Ericka Zeas López, Responsable de Proyecto Niñez Trabajadora, de La Cuculmeca.

Los próximos pasos para el grupo de jovencitas es comprar los insumos que se requieren para la granja, los pollitos, las vacunas y dar marcha al cronograma de trabajo estipulado en su plan. Para los próximos meses ellas tendrán la oportunidad de presentar nuevamente una propuesta de proyecto innovador y esperan seguir contando con el apoyo técnico que les permita tener éxito en su negocio.

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Jessica, Jovania y Tania mostrando el galerón que funcionará para la crianza de gallinas ponedoras.

Children Lead the Way in the Bolivian Chaco

Tatiana Romero, the Senior Advisor for Education and Child Protection recently visited Bolivia from June 22 to 27 and had the opportunity to visit El Chaco. This is the territory of the Guarani indigenous people in Bolivia. The purpose of the trip was to review the implementation of the “Children Lead the Way” (CLW) Program with a special focus on the topic of Productive Education.

Click on the link below to read about her visit!

CLW in the Bolivian Chaco

Cover photo Bolivia

World Day Against Child Labour

Dear CLW team

Today is the World Day Against Child Labour, which is such an important day for us, I would like to share some thoughts with you.

“Work gives people dignity. But when working conditions are bad, we must fight for better conditions. Not just for us and for our families…. Here in Bolivia, for many years the work done by children has not been recognised. Although many children have been working…. We are not calling for children of 10 or 12 to work. We are calling for protection for children, who do work, and for their contribution to be recognised.” 
— Lourdes Cruz Sánchez, speaker of the Potosí Working Children’s and Adolescents’ Council.

While we see through our program how harmful work can have dramatic consequences on children’s development and well-being, we all know that the lived experience of children are much more complex. Work, even harmful work, have most of the time both positive and negative impact on children, and decent work is more widely being recognized as an empowering path for boys and girls.

This year the focus for discussion is on Quality education. This is very relevant for the work Children Lead the Way does. The relationship between work and education is rich and complex, as many children combine work and school, and that education outcomes can also be achieved through work. One key to our work is the understanding that quality is the priority when talking about education, and that it translates in special ways for working boys and girls, taking into consideration their needs and aspirations. Also, important that poor quality education is a reality for many children which push them into work.

In our program, we address this relationship in many ways:

– access to basic formal education

-access to flexible non-formal education

– provision of productive education and technical vocational training

and more!

If you want to see more resources, you can visit the dedicated page on Onenet: World Day against Child Labour 2015 that we have set up with the support of CPI, and even share your thoughts there on the discussion board!

I also invite you to see (if you haven’t already) our beautiful videos

Meet Mary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DHkQaBvHW0

Meet Karen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo9SGrkVVUc

A particular good campaign this year is being delivered by the Concerned for Working Children « Are you anti #childlabour or #antichild?​” In our campaign against #ChildLabour let us ensure we are not #AntiChild. The campaign addresses the larger more nuanced conversation around child work and rights that has been building up internationally and nationally. Its objective is to open these debates in the context of India and to begin a fresh conversation on a child labour law which is child rights centric and informed by children’s experiences, latest research and understanding of child work

As always, let me know if you have questions, comments, ideas you would like to share.

Warmly

Olivia

«  Until we listen to working children, working solutions for their problems will continue to remain out of reach » CWC press release

« While no one disagrees with education as an important tool to broaden horizons, this articulation of education as ‘compulsorily’ being the space that children are to occupy versus a space they ‘choose’ to occupy, is a telling one. It points to us that ILO continues to ideologically view children as passive recipients of adult imposed structures instead of people with agency who are learning to make their way through life by actively engaging with it. In so seemlessly conjoining it with the issue of child labour it seems to forget that a right cannot become a compulsion for the rights holder. » CWC press release