Category Archives: Publications

CLW Final Report Summary

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The Children Lead the Way Final Report Summary presents the highlights from the 2011-2016 global results report, and includes major achievements in each country, main lessons learned, and an overview of the program’s approach and technical assistance provided.


CLW Gender & Work Guide

The Gender and Children and Work Manual draws learnings from five years of programming across five countries on the critical topic of gender, children and work. To this purpose, this manual aims to showcase:

  • Why gender sensitive and transformative approaches are essential for high impact and high quality programs focused on children and work;
  • Key gender considerations for children who work which were highlighted within the program via studies, participatory research methodologies and ongoing monitoring and evaluation;
  • Approaches applied to support gender sensitive and transformative empowerment programming with and for children who work; and,
  • Important challenges for gender transformative programming on children and work, to be given further focus in projects beyond CLW.


Moment of Change – Success Stories

The Children Lead the Way Moment of Change booklet captures the individual testimonies from 10 children who have participated in the program in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nicaragua and Peru. Within each country, partners were asked to interview girls and boys about their experiences as to how the CLW program impacted their lives. The stories that we have selected to represent the voices of these girls and boys from our program are symbolic of the stories of thousands of children who we have had the honour of working with for five years. We wish we could tell the story of all of these remarkable young people who have inspired us in our daily work, but we are happy to be able to share these ten.

Moment of Change: Success Stories from Children Lead the Way

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!


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!



Building the Future with Working Children: A Systematization of Promising Approaches in the Field of Education and Protection for Working Children and Adolescents (2014)
English; Spanish; 

Children Lead the Way Moment of Change: Case Studies from Five Countries (2015) Moment of Change

Children Lead the Way: Highlights from the Midterm Evaluation (2015) CLW MTE

Children’s Rights & Responsibilities Booklet

To be a Working Children’s Collaborator (Ser Collaborador) (2015) Spanish

An analysis of education approaches, issues and lessons learned after five years of the Children Lead the Way Program, by Tatiana Romero – Sr. Education and Child Protection Adviser