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138 (May 2015)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
(AMWCY)

Published by Enda with the support of Plan
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*AMWCY: attending the 25th session of the African Union’s ACERWC
*AMWCY: training session on resource mobilization
*Benin: a land plot for NCAWCY/training session on child protection
*Burkina Faso: regular monitoring of children from Biisongo’s kindergarten
*The Gambia: sensitization sessions on drug addiction and teenage pregnancies
*DRC: pilot poultry project for the AWCY Kalonge
*Rwanda: signing a partnership agreement with Save the Children

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*AMWCY: attending the 25th session of the African Union’s ACERWC
AMWCY attended the 25th Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of  Children (ACERWC) of the African Union, from April 21st to 24th, 2015, in Addis Ababa. During its presentation, AMWCY focused on the drawing up of a «child-protection handbook», of an advocacy plan based on early marriage and WCY’s involvement in the development of Civil Society reports from Benin, Congo Brazzaville and Rwanda, which were reviewed during the session. In the same vein, AWCY-Côte d'Ivoire presented the «National Charter for the Elimination of Violence and Abuse in Schools» and proposed to make it «international». The goal of the charter is to protect children from violence during their schooling in order to enable them stay at school up to the required minimum age for children to leave school. This Charter was developed by AWCY Côte d'Ivoire, the Children’s Rights Committee of Grand Bassam and the Coalition of Children’s Organizations and Associations of Côte d'Ivoire with technical and financial support from Save the Children. AMWCY attended the presentation of reports by the following countries: Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe for 2 days after the opening ceremony. It also called on the Minister of Justice of Madagascar to work in synergy with the AWCY of this country.
jamesboyon3@gmail.com, yvesrolandh@yahoo.fr

*AMWCY: training session on resource mobilization
From March 23rd to 28th, 2015, a training workshop on resource mobilization was held in Nigeria. It was attended by 13 participants from four countries: Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, and Nigeria. The workshop helped participants exchange their experiences and knowledge in terms of resource mobilization. Thanks to the discussions, participants were able to get a clear idea of ​​the concept of resource mobilization which is based on three notions, namely: financial resources, human resources, goods and services. Through group work and plenary sessions, they were able to get a better understanding of the true facts, the main steps and strategies, and of the type of communication to be developed during the fundraising process. Participants were also taught how to write a project proposal. Each participating country drafted a proposal for a resource mobilization project based on a vision and a global objective, while pointing out orientations that need to be considered to find partners and to carry out successfully one’s project: planning, resource mobilization, risk and sustainability.
awcynigeria@yahoo.com, jamesboyon3@gmail.com

*Benin: a land plot for NCAWCY/training session on child protection
The National Coordination of Benin’s AWCY (NCAWCY-B) and its associations are still working with the Town-Halls of the country. Thus, the Commune of Zè gave a half-hectare land plot to WCYs. The gift certificate was presented to the National Coordination by the DODJI District Manager in the presence of village chiefs from the district. A plaque has just been set up on the plot by NCAWCY-B. The district chief promised WCYs to submit the case to the Communal Council to pass a by-law that will give more value to the gift certificate. NCAWCY-B is trying hard to find a good project for purposes of exploitation. In partnership with PIED NGO, its supporting body, AWCY Djougou organized, from March 20th to 22nd, 2015, a training session on the protection of children who live in difficult situations. This two-day training session was attended by 25 children, including 15 AWCY members. The 3P4concept (prevention, support and promotion of children's rights) was introduced to the children. 3P4 represents the three pillars of protection and of the 2006-04 bill dated April 5th, 2006. The bill deals with the issue of minors’ movements and the fight against child trafficking in Benin
bonoubernardin@yahoo.fr, menoudjinorbert@gmail.com,

*Burkina Faso: regular monitoring of children from Biisongo’s kindergarten
The National Coordination of Burkina’s AWCY (CNAEJTB) is still monitoring the progress of children attending the daycare center in Biisongo. It always organizes activities for parents in order to help them as well as for children from the Pissy quarry. WCYs organize quarterly meetings with children's parents. They gather testimonies made by children, sensitize parents regarding school monitoring and behaviors to adopt in relation to diseases. NCAWCYB filled in the sheets in which the numbers of children are registered: the number of girls and boys, absentees and modules taught. In February, all the children attending the daycare center had a medical examination organized by the Ministry of Health during the national immunization campaign. On this occasion, health cards were produced, medical examinations were made and medicine bought for sick children. All children were vaccinated against polio and yellow fever. The vaccine was donated by the Government of Burkina Faso.
cnaejtburkina@gmail.com, claudeouaga@gmail.com

*The Gambia: sensitization sessions on drug addiction and teenage pregnancies
AWCY from Barra organized a sensitization session on drug addiction and teenage pregnancy on April 12, 2015. WCYs sensitized the community of Essau, not only on the harmful effects of drugs, but also and in particular on how parents and peers can contribute to the fight against the use of drugs, mainly cannabis, by children in Barra and Essau. WCYs also sensitized the community about the dangers of teenage pregnancies and how teenagers can avoid getting pregnant at an early age. WCYs gave speeches, performed plays and sang songs. 70 WCYs and more than 250 people and their parents took part in the session. The parents thanked the association for the important issues they discussed and urged WCYs to continue the fight for the improvement of children’s situation. Some parents had even enrolled their children so that they could become full members.
cnwcyagam@yahoo.com, pamodou2006@gmail.com

*DRC: pilot poultry project for AWCY
New member of the National Coordination of AWCYs following sensitization activities on the AMWCY, AWCY Kalonge which became a new member of AWCY’s National Coordination thanks to sensitization activities on AMWCY, made up 9 Grassroots Groups including 4 who are made up of goat herders, farmers, seamstresses and small vendors who have set up a poultry Income Generating Activity (IGA). The IGA has 90 layers and cost to each group USD 42. A bank account was opened in a savings cooperative in the city for better management and the tracking of funds generated by IGA. 8 WCYs including 2 by grassroots group volunteered for the development and maintenance of the henhouse. The house in which the henhouse was built was given to them by a local authority. To encourage this great innovation which it hopes will be a successful one, NCAWCY contributed by making feeders, buying drinking trough, 15 kilos of feed for chickens and USD 10 for the purchase of medicines. The money earned from IGA will be used to pay part of the health care provided to the poor children from Grassroots Groups members, those from the district and for the sustainability of the project.
cnaejtrdcongo@gmail.com,

*Rwanda: signing a partnership agreement with Save the Children
After discussions, AWCY Rwanda named as «CVT/Children's Voice Today» signed a partnership agreement with Save the Children for the implementation of a project entitled: «Books can open closed doors». This project, which will be rolled out from March 1st to December 31st, 2015 in the areas of Nyamirambo and Nyakabanda amounts to USD 77,103. Its aim is to identify and support child domestic workers. In the implementation of this project, stakeholders emphasize: the protection of child domestic workers against all forms of violence, the knowledge and the exercise of their rights and duties and the use of the project to enroll many children for the «Reading for fun» program.
childrenrwanda@gmail.com


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