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Child Protection and Development: Youth Work Experiences across the World

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March 2016 – March 2018

According to the UNICEF, poverty, wars, displacement, social exclusion, economic exploitation around the World deprive millions of children of the capabilities needed to survive, develop and thrive as well as access to adequate nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, healthcare and education. Children experience poverty with their hands, minds and hearts. Material poverty – starting the day without a nutritious meal or engaging in hazardous labor – hindered emotional capacity as well as bodily growth. Living in an environment that provides little stimulation or emotional support to children, on the other hand, can remove many of the positive effects of growing up in a materially rich household. By discriminating against their participation in society and inhibiting their potential, poverty makes children suffer and feel vulnerable and disempowered.

The project supports capacity building of youth workers and young leaders working for and with vulnerable children. It proposes an integrated approach to launch, test and develop an international capacity building program that seeks to expose target groups to various aspects of youth work and community approaches related to “child protection and development”. The project includes a rights-based approach and is grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). By creating a consortium of complementary experiences, the project encourages mutual learning, exchange of good practices and cooperation between different organizations and youth workers from Italy, Greece, Spain, Senegal, Kenya, India and Peru in the area of rights of the child.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

To promote the role of young people as community ambassadors able to communicate with their peers and increase their leadership and active participation in the sustainable development of their local communities.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE
To engage youth workers to protect and support the well-being of children and young people, with a view to make sure that children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Launched, tested and developed a capacity building program on “child protection and development”, targeting youth workers and young leaders from EU, African, Asian and South American countries.
  • Increased socio-professional development of youth workers and young leaders that are equipped with knowledge, key competences and employable tools related to “child protection and development” through different cultural perspectives, educational approaches and community experiences from different regions of the World.
  • Increased transnational cooperation, exchange of good practices and capacity building between youth workers, organizations and NGOs active in the child protection and development field from different World context.