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11 Projects

 
 
   
   

Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation

 

Child rights strategic litigation (CRSL) - defined as litigation that seeks to bring about legal and social change in terms of children’s enjoyment of their rights – is a pressing topic in advocacy and academic circles. Given its increased deployment as a tool for advancing children’s rights by a range of different actors, it is vital to engage effectively with the challenges and opportunities presented by CRSL.

Focused on the development, implementation, impact assessment and critique of CRSL from a child rights perspective, this project contributes directly to strengthening the capacity of such litigation to deliver on children’s rights globally. It does so by expanding academic engagement with CRSL, while bringing a number of key CRSL cases before judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.

In this way, the project seeks to effect concrete change via a practical methodology where academia and activism meet in the service of children’s rights. As such, the project entails a continuous exchange between research and practice directed towards concrete real-world impact.

For more information, please visit the project website.

Project Contact: Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham

E-mail: aoife.Nolan@nottingham.ac.uk

   
   

Child-friendly Version of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty via an Educational Animated Video

 

Children and their right to liberty were the subject of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty (GS). Children were also involved in the Study to make sure that their voices were heard. The GS team has developed a child-friendly summary as well as an executive summary of the GS as part of the Follow-Up Initiation Process. Within this framework, the goal of this project is to create a high-quality animated video for children aged 14-18 in English, Spanish, French and Arabic (four of the widest spoken languages).

While the animation is predominantly aimed at children, adult audiences with no or very limited knowledge about the issue of children deprived of liberty can also learn from the information it contains. The animated video mainly targets schools and educational institutions via the GC and RLF networks and partners across the globe.

Project Contacts: Angela Melchiorre, GCHQ, angela.melchiorre@gchumanrights.org - Manuela Pegoraro, GCHQ, manuela.pegoraro@gchumanrights.org

   
   

Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School

 

The Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and a UK educational not-for-profit organisation called Picture People whose mandate focuses on empowering marginalised and vulnerable people to effectively use media and emerging technologies to expose abuses, affect social change and engage communities.

The 15th edition (2020) focuses on children’s rights by offering specific training days on making films with and about children. The project pitches developed by students during the course of the programme also largely include children’s rights topic such as:

  • access to digital technologies
  • protection of children of victims of femicide
  • the development of a toolkit for school to raise awareness about the rights of refugee children

For more information on the summer school please visit its dedicated website.

Project Contact: Alberta Rocca, GCHQ

E-mail: alberta.rocca@gchumanrights.org

   
   

Cross-Regional Global Campus PhD Scholarship Programme focused on Children’s Rights

 

The programme intends to contribute to mainstreaming children’s rights across our network by investing in the theoretical and practical research of PhD candidates. In this way, the Global Campus seeks to enable candidates to have future impact on the enhancement and protection of children’s rights as academics, educators, human rights experts and practitioners working in the field.

The selected candidate for 2020-2023 is Lazar Stefanovic, who specialises in international normative and theoretical frameworks of the deinstitutionalisation of persons with mental disabilities. Lazar worked at several NGOs in Serbia and Hungary. As a lawyer and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, he has been involved with different initiatives (e.g. the establishment of a non-governmental mechanism to monitor and report on the implementations of UN mechanism recommendations in Serbia). He was also a member of governmental and civil society workgroups to develop Serbian laws and public policies. As a member of the National Mechanism for Prevention of Torture in Serbia, Lazar visited social welfare institutions for children, adults and the elderly to document institutional practices and develop recommendations to prevent torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and other forms of ill-treatment of institutionalised children and adults.

PhD research topic: Disabled children’s right to family: Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the “best interests” principle.

Approximately 5.4 million children live in institutions worldwide, and 1 in 3 have disabilities. The research aims to explore the concept and operation of the ‘best interests’ in the context of institutionalisation of disabled children by taking a socio-legal approach, in the form of a comparative legal analysis and qualitative empirical research. Both the CRC and the CRPD recognise the right of the child to have his/her best interests taken into account, as well as the right to life in a family environment. However, there are noticeable divergences between the two treaty bodies’ approach to residential care, as well as an inherent tension between the best interests and the overall self-determining nature of CRPD. These divergences are under-researched resulting in discrepancies in interpretations of the respective standards, both by the treaty bodies and domestic actors. The research uses a horizontal comparison of international treaties, and analyses the domestication of the norms in three to-be-selected countries. As part of the qualitative empirical study in the selected countries, the attitudes and practices of social workers as well as those of young adults who experienced institutionalisation will be examined. The research is expected to improve understanding of the ‘best interests’ principle and contribute to the realisation of the right to family for all children.

Project Contact: Lazar Stefanovic

E-mail: lazar.m.stefanovic@gmail.com

   
   

Global Classroom 2020: The UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

 

The focus of 2020 Global Classroom is on mapping global trends in children’s deprivation of liberty by looking at the use of detention of children in different settings in the various regions as well as identifying key challenges. Given its online nature, this year’s Global Classroom is structured in four phases:

  • Phase 1: Each of the seven Global Campus regions work on regional thematic research papers (to be published in the GCHRJ)
  • Phase 2: Students are divided into inter-regional working groups to discuss and debate the research papers each region produced
  • Phase 3: The live event takes place from 7-9 September 2020. During this event, students from each region and each inter-regional working group present their findings and recommendations. The online event includes a panel discission (with Manfred Nowak, Najat Maalla M´Jid, Felipe Morales González, Karabo Ozah and Benoit Van Keirsbilck) focused on sharing experiences of working for and with children deprived of liberty. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions based on the respective research they have done on the Global Study
  • Phase 4: Each region is given the opportunity to involve students in the organisation of regional events so as to discuss their findings with local authorities, experts, stakeholders and general audiences

Project Contact: Manu Krishan, GCHQ

E-mail: manu.krishan@gchumanrights.org

   
   

MOOC on Child Participation and the Right to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

 

Children’s participation in matters that affect their lives is one of the four general principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Climate change and a degraded environment have a demonstrated detrimental effect on the wellbeing of children. While various initiatives around the globe focus on protecting children from such effects, far less attention is devoted to recognising that children have a right to participate in decisions about how to deal with the impact of environmental crisis – i.e., how to deal with their future.

Placed at the intersection of Child Participation, Human Rights and the Environment, this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a unique educational and advocacy tool that is not available elsewhere. Through free and open access to current knowledge and debates on critical issues and practical options for rights-based youth activism on climate change, it reaches a worldwide audience to inform those who are still unaware, encourage those who are curious to know more, support those who are already acting, and ultimately boost effective change.

Project Contacts: Angela Melchiorre, GCHQ, angela.melchiorre@gchumanrights.org - Manuela Pegoraro, GCHQ, manuela.pegoraro@gchumanrights.org

   
   

MOOC on Children Deprived of Liberty: Enacting the Recommendations of the UN Global Study

 

Considering the success of the 2019 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Children Deprived of Liberty: Learning from the UN Global Study (GS) and the current efforts to ensure implementation of the GS recommendations at the state and regional level, an updated release of the MOOC is welcomed by both children’s rights professionals across the globe and crucial to support the above-mentioned efforts.

The goal of this follow-up MOOC is to integrate the unique knowledge contained in the GS with practical information on the regional implementation of the GS recommendations, plans of action and further initiatives by different stakeholders/actors (IOs, States, NHRIs, NPMs, NGOs…).

The topic area remains ‘Children Deprived of Liberty’, enriched by course materials (videos, readings, etc.) and activities (quizzes, discussions, etc.) developed with the GS team, experts and GC/RLF children’s officers.

This MOOC targets current GC students and alumni, existing and new GC MOOCs’ subscribers, GS partners, the RLF network and the Right Livelihood College, anyone interested in children’s rights and civil society at large.

Project Contacts: Angela Melchiorre, GCHQ, angela.melchiorre@gchumanrights.org - Manuela Pegoraro, GCHQ, manuela.pegoraro@gchumanrights.org

   
   

Second Global Study Toolkit on Migration related detention

 

In order to implement the recommendations of the Global Study on children’s migration-related detention and considering the prohibition of migration relation detention under Article 37(b) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this toolkit focuses on the different types of existing non-custodial measures that can be applied, taking into account the different realities of children in the context of migration. The main objectives of the toolkit can be identified as follows:

  • Support key stakeholders by providing a step-by-step guidance on how to implement the recommendations of the Global Study. These stakeholders can then create plans with States on the basis of this Toolkit
  • Re-activate and maintain the involved network of experts, partners and supporters of the Global Study, as well as other experts working in the field of children deprived of their liberty in the context of migration. For example, the connection and cooperation with IOM and UNHCR, as part of the Interagency Taskforce
  • Support children deprived of liberty in the context of migration by identifying non-custodial measures and other good practices as an alternative to their deprivation of liberty

Project Contact: Elisa Klein Díaz, GCHQ

E-mail: elisa.klein-diaz@gchumanrights.org

   
   

UN Global Study: Translation of the Executive Summary

 

The Global Study was published in 2019 and reprinted in 2020. The Global Study team has subsequently also created an Executive Summary of 68 pages in order to provide a document that outlines the key messages and recommendations of the 800-page Global Study.

In order to make this document a real tool for relevant stakeholders in all world regions, the Global Campus of Human Rights partners with its regional child rights officers to identify students/graduates of the regional master programs to translate the Executive Summary in all UN languages:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Russian

The translated versions of the Executive Summary will facilitate further Global Study related research and/or advocacy projects and support the dissemination and implementation of the Global Study recommendations.

For access to these translations and the Study visit the website.

Project Contact: Georges Younes, GCHQ

E-mail: georges.younes@univie.ac.at

   
   

UN Global Study: Web Platform

 

A new website for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty includes detailed information on the development of all the activities related to this Study.

This new working tool serves to optimise the GS communication, facilitate contacts and provide user-oriented services. Thanks to the provided digital tools, the platform thus serves as the focal point of all GS activities.

Project Contact: Manu Krishan, GCHQ

E-mail: nicola.tonon@gchumanrights.org

   
   

Venice School 2020

 

The Venice School is an annual project of the Global Campus of Human Rights devoted to strengthening the work of human rights defenders both generally and in relation to campaigns for gender equality, protection against all forms of gender-based violence, and safeguarding children’s rights.

The children’s rights thematic stream of the School has been designed to explore possibilities for engaging children as human rights defenders, raising awareness of human rights for future generations, operationalising children’s rights to participation in all matters concerning them, and generally strengthening the protection of the rights of the child.

For more information, please visit the project website.

Project Contact: Alberta Rocca, GCHQ

E-mail: alberta.rocca@gchumanrights.org

Europe (EMA)

4 Projects

 
 
 
 

Children Detained for Migration Related Reasons: Towards a Model for Better Data Collection

 

Following one of the main recommendations of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, the overarching aim of this project is to identify and promote the most effective existing data collection frameworks in one of the most challenging and neglected areas – detention for migration-related reasons. Since this phenomenon is unlikely to be completely eradicated in the near future, establishment of data collection systems at national levels is crucial to measure progress in the long run. The goals of the project are threefold:

  • to conduct a global mapping of national data sources that integrate statistics on detention of children for migration-related reasons
  • to construct a dedicated Statistical Capacity Index in the field of documenting immigration detention which allows comparing existing frameworks and identify promising practices
  • to conduct in-depth case studies in two selected countries (based on their Statistical Capacity Index individual scores) in order to formulate detailed recommendations on how to establish effective data collection systems

The project takes a holistic approach by integrating various actors at different stages of its implementation and assigning each of them a clear role in striving for the ultimate goal of ending the detention of children for migration related reasons. It falls within the Global Study Follow-up Initiation Programme by providing high quality materials (methodology, case studies and report), which could be utilised once the official UN follow-up mechanism is set up.

Project Contact: Lukasz Szoszkiewicz, University of Poznan

E-mail: lukaszs18@univie.ac.at

   
   

Enacting the Recommendations of the UN Global Study in the National Agenda and in the European Context

 

The project aims to support Ombudspersons for Children in implementing the recommendations of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty (GS) within particular national and European multi-level governance.

This function is piloted in the Italian context, which opens the possibility for future interventions in other European countries. Two Workshops are planned as part of the project:

  • Workshop 1: with specialised, independent, national and regional institutions existing in Italy
  • Workshop 2: with a selected group of members of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC).

The two workshops aim to present the findings and recommendations of the GS among independent children’s rights institutions (ICRIs) and discuss with them the challenges and opportunities to their implementation both at the national and European level. These workshops are further designed to encourage the sharing of information about specific areas of the GS, while identifying possible roles and actions for ICRIs to support and facilitate the development of strategies/action plans in the context of children deprived of liberty.

Project Contact: Chiara Altafin, GCHQ

E-mail: chiara.altafin@gchumanrights.org

   
   

MOOC on Children’s Rights and Technology in the Digital Age

 

This is the first-ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on children’s rights and technology in the digital age. It aims to educate parents, teachers, policy makers, and technologists alike using a rights-based approach to understanding how this topic is materialising within different contexts around the globe. Many users (including parents and children) place blind-trust in the promises of futuristic technologies, yet the positives and negatives of these rapidly evolving devices and algorithms have yet to be fully understood.

The key stakeholders in developing these technologies may not always have a child’s best interest in mind, which is why everyday citizens, politicians, human-centric tech-advocates, and civil society need to work proactively towards creating a safe and healthy environment for children to learn and grow.

This Children’s Rights and Technology in the Digital Age MOOC aims to close the information gap between experts and users, incubate productive public debate, and inspire action towards children’s rights advocacy. Our course modules discuss the following topics as related to children and technology: overarching legal/policy frameworks; data protection and privacy; early childhood development and the right to play; the right to education; the right to health.

Project Contact: Wiebke Lamer, GCHQ, wiebke.lamer@gchumanrights.org; Meredith Veit, meredith.veit@gmail.com and Laura Thomi, laurabiancathomi13@gmail.com

   
   

Personal Liberty of Children in Austria Revisited

 

The UN Global Study of Children Deprived of Liberty has highlighted the dire situation of more than 7.2 million children worldwide and stressed the need for replacement strategies and alternatives to detention of children. The project aims to create a process for structured implementation of the Study’s recommendations in Austria. For this purpose, it conducts a comprehensive analysis of the status quo, followed by a targeted intervention programme relevant for three main settings of deprivation of liberty of children, namely in the context of:

  • criminal/juvenile justice
  • migration-related detention
  • institutional care in Austria

Furthermore, it pilots the implementation of this programme in the field of monitoring places of deprivation of liberty of children. As a distinctive feature, the project directly engages with children throughout the process, from assessment to implementation. 

Project Contact: Helmut Sax, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights

E-mail: helmut.sax@univie.ac.at

South-East Europe (ERMA)

1 Project

 
 
   
   

Children in Migration in South East Europe (SEE)

 

Children in migration SEE is a two-year project aimed at strengthening education, research, training, network-building and advocacy for the rights of migrant and refugee children in South East Europe by producing high-quality research on the topic and disseminating knowledge among students, academia, relevant stakeholders, and the wider public. The project objectives include:

  • mainstreaming children’s rights within the GCSEE/ERMA curricular and extracurricular activities
  • encouraging professors, students and alumni to produce quality research outputs that will be published in an edited volume Children in migration: Perspectives from South East Europe
  • building a strong research network of young professionals working to improve the rights of migrant and refugee children in South East Europe
  • delivering trainings and workshops on children’s rights to build capacities of local stakeholders engaged in the protection of unaccompanied and separated migrant and refugee children in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project Contact: Nikolina Milić, University of Sarajevo

E-mail: nikolina.milic@gchumanrights.org

Africa (HRDA)

3 Projects

 
 
   
   

Child Participation in the Implementation of Global and Regional Development Frameworks in Africa

 

This is a three-year project revolving around the intersection between three key areas:

  • child participation rights
  • the global and regional development agenda as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • African regional development frameworks (ARDFs) – particularly the African Union Agenda 2063, and the African Union Agenda 2040 for Children

The overall project goal is to promote child participation in national, regional and international development processes in Africa and increase public awareness of its importance. This goal includes three main interventions:

  • research for evidence and knowledge of the standards and practice of child participation in development governance;
  • evidence-based advocacy for child participation in development governance;
  • and capacity building to enhance the implementation of child participation in the framework

Specifically, the project includes a regional study on child participation in development frameworks in Africa; capacity building for key stakeholders; regular engagement with stakeholders on the need and means of child participation; generating contextually relevant tools for implementation; monitoring of child participation in development governance; and facilitating dialogue on the manner and means of ensuring child participation in governance.

Project Contact: Nkatha Murungi, University of Pretoria

E-mail: nkatha.murungi@up.ac.za

   
   

Creating an Independent Oversight Mechanism to reinforce the Rights of Children in Secure Care Centres in South Africa

 

The project is a national follow-up to the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty based at the University of Pretoria. In its response to the Global Study questionnaire, South Africa presented the numbers of children in detention in June 2018. Among the numbers provided was the number of children in Secure Care Centres. This was significant because it was the first time that the number was captured in a manner that was comparable to other statistics, such as the number of children in prison.

The project’s main objective is to create a mechanism for independent oversight to reinforce the rights of children in secure care in South Africa. This includes the following sub-objectives:

  • Undertake a base-line study of the current secure care centres, through visits to the secure care centres and interviews with children and with staff, to inform the independent oversight mechanism.
  • Develop a model of an independent oversight mechanism to reinforce the right of children in secure care. 
  • Develop a plan for the management and care of children in secure care in situations of disaster/emergency, to be built into the oversight mechanism.

Project Contacts: Karabo Ozah, University of Pretoria, karabo.ozah@up.ac.za; Ann Skelton, University of Pretoria ann.skelton@up.ac.za

   
   

Schools Human Rights Moot Court Competitions

 

Based on the experience obtained with the South African Schools Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria is working with local partners to establish similar competitions in other parts of the world. Specifically, the project works closely with partners in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nepal in order to establish the competitions in these three countries as well. This will then be followed by other countries worldwide.

School human rights moots have shown to be valuable educational tools enabling children to solve problems based in a human rights framework.

The model we are pursuing is the following:

  • The moots are based on a hypothetical problem, which the learners have to address as if they are the lawyers for the applicant and then also for the respondents. 
  • Their arguments should be based on the bill of rights of their country.
  • The final round of the moot takes place in the highest court of the country. 
  • Where possible, participation in the moot is part of the school curriculum. 
  • The national human rights institution of the country in question facilitates the organisation of the moot.

Ultimately, it is anticipated that these moots will culminate in a world human rights moot court competition for high school learners.

Project Contact: Simon Mateus

E-mail: simon.mateus@up.ac.za

Asia-Pacific (APMA)

5 Projects

 
 
   
   

Promoting Children’s Rights Education at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL)

 

Building upon the successful collaboration established between the Global Campus and the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) in the framework of the newly set up UNTL Human Rights Centre supported by the EU, the project aims to develop capacities to locally establish and run a new curricular subject on Children’s Rights for selected Faculties (Social Sciences, Education, Law). This mainly involves a series of training programmes, including access to a PhD course, curriculum and teaching tools development, outreach and events.

As one of the least developed UN member states, Timor-Leste has a strong record in democratic development, but still experience severe difficulties in Children's Rights protection (malnutrition, education, child labour). Since 46,4% of the population is below 18, the potential this project has for offering a transformative contribution in Timor-Leste is significant.

The project is implemented over three years from January 2021 together with the GC Asia-Pacific Programme at Mahidol University, the Timorese Office of the Ombudsperson of Human Rights (PDHJ), and the UNICEF Office for Timor-Leste.

Project Contact: Adriano Remiddi, GCHQ

E-mail: adriano.remiddi@gchumanrights.org

   
   

Rights Based Research on Children’s Rights

 

Although there are several guidelines available for involving children in research, challenges around implementation still persist. This lack of implementation suggests inadequate understanding on how to protect children who participate in research, while simultaneously promoting their meaningful participation and agency as highlighted by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This project aims to address these challenges by developing practical ethics standards focused on doing research with children. Tools to implement these standards (see below) are also developed.

The overall goal of the project is to provide students with professional knowledge of child rights research ethics and its practices. It also aims to support the Global Campus of Human Rights by strengthening the oversight and monitoring of research ethics for studies including child participation. The project implementation includes:

  • identifying key issues
  • a consultation workshop on a draft Protocol/Guideline for rights based ethical research
  • production of the guidelines, protocol and training outline
  • review-assessment of the protocol and training outline
  • training of the Trainers
  • production of final ‘Protocol, Guideline and Training Package’

Project Contact: Mark P. Capaldi, Mahidol University

E-mail: mpcapaldi1502@gmail.com

   
   

South Asia Regional Launch UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

 

The South Asia Regional Launch of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty is part of the 15th International Winter Residential School on Economic Social and Development Rights (ESDR) to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 15th ESDR integrates a holistic, in-depth and extensive curriculum with special reference to Rights of Children and is themed as ‘Future of Human Rights in Asia with special reference to Rights of Children’. The delegates taking part in the winter school are also taking part in the research and interactive discourse focusing on the Rights of Children.

Furthermore, a research study is also conducted under the working title of ‘Deprivation of Liberty: A situational analysis of children under migration-related detention and administration of justice in South Asia’. The outcome of the research will be launched and disseminated at the International Conference alongside the Global Study Launch.

Thus, this is a holistic event streamlining three different child rights centred components being: the children’s rights themed winter school, global study launch and the South Asian research study.

Project Contacts: Ravi Prakash Vyas, Kathmandu School of Law rpvyas@ksl.edu.np; Pranjali Kanel, Kathmandu School of Law pranjali.ballb22@ksl.email

   
   

Workshop in Cooperation with the Right Livelihood College, Bangkok: Child Rights and the Environment

 

The project is run by the APMA programme at the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, in close cooperation with the Rights Livelihood College, Bangkok, based at Chulalongkorn University.

This two-day module is part of the RLC annual training programme (CURLs Summer School). The module addresses human rights around children and the environment, thus linking to the current environmental focus of the Summer School. Participants of the Summer School are usually young activists (from 20-35 years old) working on environmental issues across the Asia Pacific region.

Project Contact: Mike Hayes, Mahidol University, Thailand

E-mail: mikeh.ihrp@gmail.com

   
   

YLED: Leadership through Earth Democracy

 

YLED is a holistic learning program run by Dr Vandana Shiva and Navdanya’s Earth University. The main aim of the project is to create youth leaders for a systems transformation to protect the rights of nature and rights of future generations. It promotes understanding about how the right of the child to life, health, food, water and a stable climate flow directly from the Rights of the Earth.

The project further deepens understanding of the interconnectedness of the existential emergencies we face, including disease epidemics such as the corona pandemic and violation of planetary, ecosystem and species boundaries, the extinction of species, climate change, the water crisis and the food and nutrition crisis. The programme offers creative participatory learning of Earth Democracy as integrated solutions to the multiple crises young people face today.

For more information on the project and Navdanya’s Earth University please visit their website.

Project Contacts: Vandana Shiva
Coordinated by Drona Chetri and Anu Chetri - earthuniversity@navdanya.net

Caucasus (CES)

3 Projects

 
 
   
   

Conference 2021: Climate Change and Children: Impact, Rights and Participation

 

The main aim of the GC International Conference is to bring together experts, representatives of state, international and non-governmental organisations, policymakers, academics and students from a broad range of countries. The event considers the importance of:

  • a child rights-based approach to climate action
  • awareness raising about the impact of climate change on children’s rights
  • child participation in policymaking

The choice of the topic is conditioned by the guiding principles of the CRC, including the principle of best interests of the child (Art.3), right to life, survival and development (Art. 6) and the right to participation (Art. 12).

The event takes place in May 2021 in Yerevan (Armenia) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the programme.

Project Contact: Kristine Gevorgyan, Yerevan State University

E-mail: kristine.gevorgyan@ysu.am

   
   

Enabling Learning to Happen for All Children in Emergency Crisis

 

The goal of the project is to facilitate the building of emergency resilient education systems to secure equal access to learning for every child in six selected countries in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region.

This is done by assessing the resources, capacities and systems of educational know-how for estimating the possibilities to create low-tech or no-tech remote learning programs for the urban and rural communities. Additionally, the project supports the development of a resilient and vibrant educational system in at least six republics in the region, enabling them to manage risks and mitigate the negative impact on school children in times of emergency.

The modelling of alternative solutions for ‘out-of-classroom’ education is a key activity in addition to the development of a practical tool and three technical support activities (specifically in Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan). Three expert visits to Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan are planned in order to promote the use of the tool developed as part of the project.

Project Contact: Mariam Muradyan, Yerevan State University

E-mail: mariam.muradyan18@gmail.com

   
   

Practice Exchange on Deinstitutionalisation for Children with Disabilities

 

The goal of the project is to broaden empirical knowledge and develop strategic skills for effective management of deinstitutionalisation programmes for children with disabilities. The project focuses on six countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).

The goal has three main objectives:

  • to broaden the empirical knowledge and skills among Armenian, Ukrainian, Moldavian and Tajik policy experts and government representatives dealing with child care policies through learning from best practices of deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities in Bulgaria and Georgia;
  • to build the capacities of Armenian, Ukrainian, Moldavian and Tajik policy experts and government representatives dealing with child care policies through a workshop in Armenia for experience sharing with counterparts from Bulgarian and Georgia;
  • to disseminate the best practices of deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities among the networks of government agencies, policy makers and civil society representatives through the local meetings among the workshop participants and their counterparts.

Project Contact: Mariam Muradyan, Yerevan State University

E-mail: mariam.muradyan18@gmail.com

Latin America-Caribbean (LATMA)

1 Project

 
 
   
   

Gulliver Project

 

The Gulliver Project empowers children and adolescents on a social and cultural level via the medium of poetry and artistic expression. In this way, the project aims to increase the knowledge of the young participants in relation to their rights and responsibilities. Additionally, the project includes training activities for trainers using this didactic process.

The main focus of the project has a formative character designed to promote cultural empowerment related to children and adolescents affected by the multidimensional nature of violence within their communities. This approach is strongly influenced by four guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

  • Non-discrimination (Article 2)
  • Best interests of the child (Article 3)
  • The Right to Survival and Development. (Article 6)
  • The Right to Participation (Article 12)

The project is based in Medellín – a city whose children are deeply affected by enforced displacement, poverty, exclusion and many other forms of serious violence.

For more information, please visit that project website.

Project Contacts: Gabriel James Franco, gabrieljaimef@gmail.com - Jairo Guzmán, escuela@festivaldepoesiademedellin.org