Category Archives: Education

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.

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

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Burkina Faso’s CLW Program, improving protection of children in apprenticeship programs.

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Click on the link below to find out what the CLW team in Burkina Faso is doing to document their practices in improving protection for children in apprenticeship programs.

BF POSTING Le Programme CLW de SCI pour le bon apprentissage des enfants travailleurs

(in French and English)

African Regional Education Meeting

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From Nov 18-22, 2013, more than 70 participants met in Dakar, Senegal, from 3 African regions, covering 19 countries, as well as representatives from 9 members and SCI. Desmond Birmingham, Director of the Education Global Initiative, emphasized the importance of the meeting, to come together to strengthen the network of education professionals across the region by learning and sharing, and to deepen understanding of the Education Breakthrough and how to contribute to it. Topics on the agenda were the Quality Learning Environment Monitoring Framework, Education for Youth Empowerment and cross-cutting topics like monitoring and evaluation systems, Communities of Practice, advocacy and funding.

The regional perspective of the meeting honed in on African contexts. Globally, the number of out-of-school children has declined, however, this has stalled in Africa, with worry that it might lose momentum, especially in West and Central Africa. In Liberia only 3.9% of girls enter school at age 6. Another challenge is quality education and governance issues, with many schools having “ghost teachers”, textbooks sold on markets, and children are not allowed to go to school because they need to work.

Another key area identified as a result of the meeting was increasing humanitarian aid, where possible, working with donors to double the share of education in humanitarian aid. Children and families in emergency contexts want medicine, food and shelter – but also to get back to school.

Literacy was also identified as a critical area where Save the Children believes change is needed in policy and practice. The Literacy Community of Practise on OneNet is a platform for practitioners to gather evidence and best practices to support improved literacy and learning outcomes. Read the full communique and link to OneNet here: Communique Africa Regional Meeting.