Category Archives: Children & Work

Working to Change the World Resource Guide for Teachers

Working to Change the World is a resource guide designed for educators, especially Ontario middle and secondary school teachers on the issue of Children & curriculumWork.

The purpose of this resource guide designed for educators is to educate, raise awareness, and promote discussion around the issue of children and work.This resource guide has been designed to complement curricular objectives in classrooms in Ontario. Educators are encouraged to use the curriculum in whole or in part, taking activities and aspects of the resource that are relevant to them in their classroom. The resource has also been designed with the intention of being easily re-purposed or tailored for a wide range of audiences or public engagement purposes.

 

Bolivia – Productive education publication!

In Bolivia, CLW has been addressing access to quality education through multiple approaches. One of them supported schools to implement a new education law that promoted a holistic approach through 4 dimensions:

  •  To Be: development of values, aspirations and feelings of community life worldview principles;
  • To Make: to implement and develop practice activities , technical and technological for technical and intellectual production procedures;
  • To Decide : developing the organizational level of the student and determine a drive with critical thinking to solve problems and challenges
  • To Know: developing empirical knowledge , theories, arts and sciences.

Part of this approach included “productive education”. CLW supported 16 “Socio Productive Projects” in different schools, from the market and training assessments,  to the design of curriculum and teacher training, to the creation of governance bodies embedded in the schools inclusive of school administration, community representative and students, to buying machinery and supply, and finally to supporting them in commercialization of their products.

Those Socio Productive Projects not only taught boys and girls productive skills with a potential market, but also provided them with a space to participate, engage with community, and re-connect with their traditional values and know how.

More in the Report! Available here in Spanish and in English!

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Building Pathways for Working Children’s Access to Education in Kenya

Education was an important strategy for empowering working girls and boys to be protected and to access decent work in Kenya for CLW. The program worked with both the formal school system, including primary and secondary schools and vocational training, as well as non-formal education through skills training and apprenticeship.

This report, Building Pathways for Working Children’s Access to Education in Kenya, details the steps and strategies that SC and our partners underwent to ensure working girls and boys had access to and remained in education to ultimately access decent work. We outline the various roles each stakeholder played – teachers, parents, government authorities, community gatekeepers, as well as the children themselves, in the process. We also highlight how an integrated approach that not only takes into account access to quality education, but also protection, financial capability and economic strengthening, and child participation.

Burkina Faso – Apprenticeship publication!

In Burkina Faso one of the educational pathways the program offers for working girls and boys is through informal apprenticeships, as a form of vocational training in order to provide adolescent girls and boys with the skills needed to access and sustain dignified work.

Informal apprenticeships have emerged as a valued educational training component of livelihood programming for adolescent boys and girls and to transition into the workplace. However a major issue is the violation of children’s rights, specifically girls, who participate  in informal apprenticeships. These violations include violence against children and adolescents, excessive hours of work, and economic exploitation. Additionally, many adolescents drop out of their apprenticeship before its completion, or
transition to unrelated business opportunities.

This led the CLW team and our partners to start a pilot initiative focusing on informal apprenticeship conditions in the Cascades region to provide girls and boys with the opportunity to engage in apprenticeships that enhance their rights!

We have engaged with girls and boys placed in apprenticeship, the master artisans, parents, partners and the staff from the relevant government institutions.

This experience was captured and analyzed in a report:

Children Lead The Way Findings
For A Child Rights-Based Apprenticeship Framework In Burkina Faso

This report begins with (1) a conceptual framework of informal apprenticeships based on children’s rights and (2) an overview of apprenticeships in Burkina Faso. It goes on to provide (3) innovative perspectives on how to best use the experience of the pilot initiative in other projects and programs designed to protect the rights of children engaged in informal apprenticeship.
Read more on the report available here in English and French!

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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.

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