137 (April 2015)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth

Published by Enda with the support of Plan

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* AMWCY: capacity-building workshop on child protection and advocacy
* AMWCY: training workshop on resources mobilization and management
* Benin: resumption of literacy classes
* Côte d’Ivoire: consulting children on public spending/sensitization on health-related issues
* Mauritania: books collection and school monitoring
* Senegal: communication training
* Togo: capacity-building on comic production techniques, public health activities

*Publication: WCY Face the Challenge No.15: «20 years of existence, 20 years of experience in child protection!»
*AMWCY: capacity building workshop on child protection and advocacy
A capacity-building workshop for national delegates and coordination managers from 08 AMWCY member countries was held from March 9th to 12th, 2015 in Dakar (Senegal). Its theme was Planning based on children's rights (PCR) with a focus on Advocacy. The workshop was organized by Save the Children. It was attended by participants from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. On PCR, the exchanges were focused on child rights, the various stages of planning, and child participation. In terms of advocacy, different levels and steps to be followed to achieve positive change, as well as related dimensions, were dealt with. An advocacy plan on early marriage for the coming years was proposed by participants. Other work sessions were held with Save the Children, from March 14th to 17th and on March 20th, during which they planned activities to be undertaken this year, according to defined objectives. They discussed other issues like child protection, Save the Children’s theory of change, quality of services and the most important activities of Save the Children like: nutrition, health, education, protection, livelihoods, emergencies and child rights governance. 
Furthermore, participants held working sessions with the Coordinator of the International Social Service (ISS/RAO) on March 18th and 19th. A presentation of the RAO program was done, plus its standards, to give participants a better understanding of child-care stages. As a framework for exchanges for organizations taking part in child protection, RAO should attend meetings and children-support activities to be conducted on the network at country or regional levels. Each participant explained how the platform is run in his country and AWCYs’ contribution in terms of support provided to children.
maejt94@gmail.com, marikofatoumata@gmail.com, yvesrolandh@yahoo.fr,

*AMWCY: training workshop on resources mobilization and management
A training workshop on resources mobilization and management was held in Dakar from March 16th to 21st, 2015. It was organized by Enda, thanks to the support from the Oak Foundation. The workshop brought together 05 countries: Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. It included three sessions: resource mobilization; design and project management; communication and public speaking. During the training, participants were reminded of the three components of resources mobilization: resources, mechanisms, and resource providers. Each country drew up a draft project based on the theme chosen, while specifying activities to be rolled out within the framework of the project; the actors, the duration of the project, the partners involved, the intervention areas, etc. As far as the session on project design and management is concerned, the focus was put on the four functions of management (planning, organizing, leading/coordinating and supervising), the steps related to the project management cycle, and the importance of knowledge capitalization. The third session dealt with the role communication plays in the field of decision making, and social stakeholders’ mobilization. Participants were reminded of the need for regular and fluid communication in order to achieve goals and obtain support for the funding of their project or business plan. 
cnaejtsn@yahoo.fr, cnwcyagam@yahoo.com, aejtbissau@hotmail.com, cn_aejtmauritanie@yahoo.fr

*Benin: resumption of literacy classes
After a two-month holiday, WCY of Ketou resumed the literacy classes on February 1st, 2015 within their Grassroots Groups. They are running 02 literacy classes made up of 48 students, including 35 children and 13 girls. Currently, 43 of them are attending classes on a regular basis and a team has been set up to monitor activities. 5 children traveled to Cotonou to continue their education at AWCY of Cotonou. In addition to WCY, there are 7 adults who are taking the courses, mostly oral courses, so that they can express themselves in French. AMWCY’s major problem remains the lack of instructors to teach these classes located far from each other.
menoudjinorbert@gmail.com, bonoubernardin@gmail.com

*Côte d’Ivoire: consulting children on public spending/sensitization on health issues
On January 28th, 2015, Côte d'Ivoire’s National Coordination of AWCY organized a simultaneous consultation day on public spending aimed at the fulfillment of child rights, in the following towns: Grand Bassam, Abengourou, Yamoussoukro, Man and Ferkessédougou. The consultation was intended to gather together children’s views regarding the way funds allocated to children is used by the State, but also to know whether children have some knowledge about the investments achieved on their behalf in the different regions, and if they are aware of the impacts of those investments, and to make some recommendations regarding future investments. At the end of the consultation, children from the above-mentioned towns, whose ages range from 10 to 17, made some recommendations to the State in relation to their safety and education; to the fight against FGM, rural populations’ access to drinkable water, and the condition of economic infrastructures (dilapidated state of schools and roads). Children’s views were written down in a document which is available on a site opened in Sweden.
Moreover, AWCY of Soubré organized a sensitization activity on the right to health and sick leave. This activity involved the cleaning up of the General Hospital of the town, while disseminating information about that right. Following this event, the AWCY received free examinations and healthcare provided to WCY. Free medicines also were given out for first aid to their members in case of illness.  
coordinationaejtci@yahoo.fr ,yvesrolandh@yahoo.fr, sylvieagbetiafan@yahoo.fr

*Mauritania: books collection and school monitoring
To provide better education for children, the AWCY has opted for the system of books collection since last year with municipal authorities and students who are in higher grades. This is intended to enable children from poor families to have the necessary books to better understand the courses and enhance their level of study. The AWCY gives out the collected books at schools in the presence of municipal and local authorities.
In addition to collecting books, monitoring is provided in schools through WCY’ regular visits (to check students’ marks, attendance and problems). This monitoring is done throughout the school year with the help of monitoring forms held by the AWCY.
cn_aejtmauritanie@yahoo.fr, amadoumauritanie@gmail.com

*Senegal: communication training
From February 2nd to 6th, 2015, members of AWCY Diourbel and Thiès attended a communication training session held at their headquarters, thanks to the support from Xaley Foundation. The session was attended by 06 WCY per AWCY, or a total of 12 WCY. During the training session, participants were strengthened in the field of articles writing, blogs creation, photo and video editing, and the creation of a network. They were equipped to give more visibility to their activities through efficient communication. After this training, each AWCY created its own blog which they regularly update with articles and photos on their activities. Participants produced video films, did the editing of the videos they posted in their blogs.

*Togo: capacity-building on comics production techniques, public health activities
From March 4th to 18th, 2015, the group of drawers from AWCY of Lome held a capacity-building workshop on comic production techniques at the headquarters of the Association. Facilitated by the former communication officer of the AWCY of Togo, the workshop brought together 09 WCY grassroots groups of AWCY of Lomé. During the workshop, WCY produced comic on: Ebola, AIDS, malaria, etc. These comics will be used in AWCY’s sensitization activities and will also be sent to other WCYA for inspiration, or to help them produce other comics and conduct their sensitization activities.
Previously, on January 18th, WCY of Womé organized a clean-up day as a means of fulfilling the right to health care. Early in the morning; WCY swept the streets of the village’s districts. It is an ordinary activity that enables WCY to clean up their own village, to the delight of the village authorities.
jephter02@gmail.com, benrubien07b73@gmail.com

*Publication: AMWCY annual bulletin «WCY Face the Challenge n°15: «20 years of existence, 20 years of experience in child protection! »; French version is available on the following link:

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