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147 (February 2016)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
(AMWCY)

Published by Enda
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*Benin: a WCY elected to Children’s County Council
*Burkina Faso: protecting girls involved in stone crushing against the worst forms of child labor
*Burundi: training on the harmful effects of drug use
*Cameroon: ending activities in Douala AWCY
*Côte d’Ivoire: Christmas tree, reward for merit
*The Gambia: organizing a «Katchaa Show»
*Guinea: celebrating the end of Ebola
*Mauritania: training on WAN Protection Standards
*Niger: sensitization on disaster risks reduction


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*Benin: a WCY elected to Children’s County Council
Miss Djouwératou, Benin’s AWCY current national delegate and member of AMWCY’s Executive Managerial Group (EMG), was elected on December 26 Vice-Chairwoman of Atacora-Donga’s Children’s County Council. The election will further help WCY of Benin to hold a good position in regards to future elections of Children’s Consultative Council, both at communal and county levels. Given the importance of participating in decision-making, WCY will continue the fight in other departments to have access to children’s decision-making bodies and to influence child-related policies.
aejtaguegue@gmail.com

*Burkina Faso: protecting girls involved in stone crushing against the worst forms of child labor
On December 30, 2015, 21 girls working as stone crushers in the quarry of Pissy received each a check for F CFA 100.000 and a bicycle. The girls attended a training session in September 2015 on health and safety at work, thanks to a labor inspector and a member of the NC/AWCYB on occupational risk factors, the basic principles, stages, measures and level of prevention, and consequences for the worker and his/her family. Concepts (danger, risk, work accident, occupational disease and health at work) were explained to participants. The gifts received contributed to the withdrawal of girls from jobs deemed hazardous to their health (stone crushing, carrying granite and inhalation of smoke from burning tires and dust). They taught girls self-employment skills and helped them contribute to the upkeep of their families (schooling of their siblings, buying food and contribution to social family events). Thanks to financial support from NGO Diakonia, and in collaboration with RAPPED (Network for the Prevention and Protection of Children Living in Difficult Situations) of which NC/AWCYB is a member, the withdrawal of Pissy’s stone- crushing girls became a reality, with the ultimate purpose of protecting them against the worst forms of child labor.
cnaejtburkina@gmail.com, louedrago@gmail.com

*Burundi: training on the harmful effects of drug use
From January 7 to 12, SEST Bujumbura Rural organized a training session on the harmful effects of drug use for WCY who are less than 18 year old. It was held at Mushasha Primary School, in collaboration with the NGO Search for Common Ground. This scourge has become a bad habit in many localities. Over 100 WCY from four grassroots groups were taught how to become actors in the fight against drug use. WCY were also taught how to set up credit-savings schemes in order to better run their own income-generating activities. At the end of the training session, WCY were asked questions to test their understanding of the subjects. Those who gave correct answers were awarded prizes. To mark the end of the training, a friendly football match was organized between grassroots groups at the football field of Mushasha 2 Primary School in the presence of authorities, parents and associations.
sestburundi@yahoo.fr, mumiche26@gmail.com

*Côte d’Ivoire: Christmas tree, reward for merit
On December 14, AWCY Grand Bassam organized a Christmas party at the EPP Jean Michel Moulod. It was attended by representatives of Save the Children, “COGES”, teachers and religious communities. The event brought together more than 500 children from different trades, as well as pupils. The AWCY rewarded the top 30 children who did well in their respective learning areas and at school.
coordinationaejtci@yahoo.fr

*Cameroon: ending activities in Douala AWCY
From December 18 to 19, WCY Douala organized a ceremony marking the end of their activities in theMakepe neighborhood. The event featured the following: exhibition of activities-related photographs, giving away school supplies to children, fashion show, discussing abuses working children are victims and child marriages, as well as a concert. The event was attended by about 2,500 people. Almost all of them were aware of WCY’s activities: sensitization, cleaning up roads invaded by waters, tutoring for children and timely support for families (health care, helping children and parents to solve their problems and support to young prison inmates). Several parents pledged to help WCY with sanitation equipment and school supplies.
joelndoumve@yahoo.fr, christianito01@yahoo.fr

*The Gambia: organizing a «Katchaa Show»
The National Coordination of the AWCY organized, from December 29 to 31, 2015, its annual cultural event called the «Katchaa Show», in Farafenni. During this event, AWCY meet in a city, invite authorities and help children discuss with authorities on issues that affect them. 120 WCY, all members of associations of Barra, Farafenni, Kaur, Pakalinding and Soma were present. It started with a caravan followed by the official ceremony at the Youth Center of Farafenni which was attended by relatives, friends, the Head of the Youth Center, teachers and the Representative of the Area Council. They played songs, recited poems, performed cultural dance and plays on Ebola, child abuse, teenage pregnancy and the right to be respected. Parents were very happy and reiterated their confidence in the association. They believe that it will help their children to have a better future. The AWCY was joined by 42 new members, mostly girls. The representative of the Area council promised to support the association of Farafenni.
cwcygam@gmail.com, pamodou2006@gmail.com

*Guinea: celebrating the end of Ebola
On January 7, AWCY Forécariah, in collaboration with authorities from the Prefecture, celebrated the end of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. People got together during the ceremony to celebrate a common ideal, the solemn declaration made by the Government regarding the end of the epidemic throughout the country. Some sensitization was done for people to be more cautious in regards to anything relating to health, because the Ebola epidemic has seriously affected, socially, economically and culturally, the lives of communities. Authorities, partners, parents and bosses of WCY saluted AWCY’s activities and pledged to support them in the city. 
cn.aejtguinee1@gmail.com, younoussasylla3@gmail.com

*Mauritania: training on WAN Protection Standards
From January 7 to 9, the National Coordination of AWCY of Mauritania held a training workshop on WAN (West Africa Network) Protection Standards. The objective was to equip participants on how to fill in sheets. It was attended by 30 participants made up of WCY’s associations’ delegates, facilitators and representatives from two NGOs (AFCF and Noura Fonda). They were taught, for three days, how to fill in three sheets: the identification and family tracing sheet; the child reintegration/schooling project sheet, and the monitoring and evaluation of reintegration sheet. WCY are now better equipped to identify children who need protection, including mobile children. They will report back to their peers to help them conduct their work on the ground.
cn_aejtmauritanie@yahoo.fr, aboufall57@yahoo.fr

*Niger: sensitization on disaster risks reduction
In collaboration with AWCY Harobanda, the National Coordination of AWCY Niger, organized on December, 20, a sensitization day in Kirkissoye/Niamey, regarding the reduction of disaster risks, through sketches and participatory theater, messages and cultural events. The sensitization focused on flooding during the rainy season and the rise in the level of the river. It was during these two periods that the water level of the river rises to flood the neighborhood on the right-hand bank, causing damage and various losses. More than 500 people, alongside several AWCY, journalists from Radio Television Tenéré, the Red Cross, firemen, government and traditional authorities, attended the event.
idrissagado10@gmail.com


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