March 2016 – March 2018
3rd Newsletter of the Child Protection and Development Project
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2nd Newsletter of the Child Protection and Development Project
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Child Poverty and Vulnerability
Training Course Vijayawada, India19-29 March 2017
By Nikos Papachristodoulou
I had the honor and the responsibility to represent Inter alia as a participant in the training course about child deprivation and human rights violation in Vijayawada, India organized by NewBeggining Charitable Trust NGO. The training subject concentrates on child rights violation problems and mainly on gender inequality issues, with special focus on girl children of India. Many NGOs in India are working on the field of female social empowerment, bridging the social gender gap. NewBigginings is a pioneer NGO in this topic, in Andhra Pradesh district.
Poverty is a huge problem in India and according to social surveys a vast percentage of population (around 35%) lives under the international poverty limits. Girl children rights are often being violated by a strong patriarchic attitude which considers female not equal to male. These two problems together cause vast problems like human trafficking, sexual abuse, early school leaving and family violence.
The training started with a long trip with few interesting intermediate stops: I had the chance for a short visit to India’s capital – New Delhi. I reached the city that was going to host the training. Vijayawada is placed in South East India next to Krishna River, 50 km from the Indian Ocean. During a welcoming and orientation session, I’ve met the fellow participants, a wonderful team constituted by 2 Italians, 1 Spanish, 1 Kenyan, 1 Greek and 4 Indians.
Having Indian participants helped us making the first contact with the Indian culture which overall differs well from the European and the African. Food culture includes a lot of spices and the use of hands for eating. Gestures and religious culture are different as well. We had the chance to understand social structure and social habits of this vast nation through training sessions as well as social problems and how NewBiggining Charitable Trust functions to fight them.
On the training field we had the chance to visit Sociology and Social work department of Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur and interact with professors as well as with Indian and international university students. Additionally we had the chance to celebrate the World Social Work Day 2017, on a specially organized event. Finally on this day we’ve met young girls, victims of human trafficking which are hosted in NGOs houses taking care of them, making efforts to train them so they gain competences like beading, tailoring, garment making, and embroidery and fight with social marginalization.
We had also the chance to visit India rural area and witness countryside daily life, discuss everyday problems which local people are facing in educational and healthcare system. Additionally, very interesting open discussions happened with the mayor of the village and with local female associations that are formed in order to empower female participation in economic sector and in social life.
We also visited a special needs school run by an NGO called Spandana which hosts 15 students with special needs like hydrocephalus, hyperkinesia, autism and Down syndrome. These students are having educational sessions based on an experimental method which includes three months oral training, three months computer based training and three months job skills training on a well cared environment by special trained working stuff. Overall this training was a unique experience and sensitized me on gender inequality problems and showed me the way to cope with them on social level and how to sensitize citizens not to tolerate human rights violations and harassments in everyday life.
Child Rights Programming and Community Development
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Child Rights Programming and Community Development Training Course
Caltanissetta, 19-29 October 2016
On our free time we managed to do activities like visiting two other cities. The best experience was the one day trip in Palermo Capital City and a one day trip in Mazzarino city, where we had the opportunity to visited one of the most important Organisations for immigrant children.When the programme came to an end I could not believe that a whole week had passed so quickly. I returned to Greece with a suitcase full of memories andmany new friends from all over the world!
Katerina Anastasopoulou: During my participation in the training course “Child Rights Programming & Community Development that took place in Caltanissetta ,Sicily , I had the great chance to meet and cooperate in a multicultural group of 27 participants from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.The first sessions included information about the Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as a presentation how to design community –based projects in the context of the Child Rights, following the Project Cycle Management (PCM) process.The next days, we started to work on teams and to analyze, plan and design our project idea (PCM) focused on the Rights of the Child (health, education, physical protection, food etc). Although, sometimes the complexity of the process, we achieved step by step and utilizing non formal learning methods to finalize successfully our project ideas.