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130 (September 2014)
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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* Burundi: On behalf of children, WCY say no to: « alcohol »
* Ghana: teaching listening skills
* Guinea: training on intervention methods concerning mobile children 
* Guinea Bissau: training session on child protection
* Mali: organizational reinforcement/sensitization through plays
* DRC: training on learning centers/technical support visits
* Sierra Leone: WCYs’ action against the Ebola virus

* Publication: Fatoumata Mariko’s Interview

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* Burundi: On behalf of children, WCY say no to: « alcohol »
CNAEJT-Burundi (Synergy of Working Children «Iwacu i Burundi») attended a press conference organized by the "Burundi Alcohol Policy Association and «Justice and Fairness» on May 22, about the issue of youth and family’ alcoholism. During ceremonies and shows, youth and adults drink heavily. This leads to rape, domestic violence, crime, health problems, road accidents, absenteeism and school dropout, etc. Representatives of national and international organizations explained the seriousness of the situation and answered questions from journalists. WCY strongly emphasized the dangers of alcoholism among parents, employers and families «entrusted» with children. They gave examples based on testimonies of children working as maids claiming that had been physically abused by their bosses. Representatives from the Ministry of Health, Radio and Television stations and NGOs appreciated intervention of WCY a lot. «Burundi Alcohol Policy» decided to invite NCAWCY to all activities intended to fight alcoholism among children. WCY exchanged information and made contacts with other organizations at the end of the press conference. In the evening, after the show was broadcast on television and radio, NCAWCY Burundi received encouraging phone calls relating to the protection activities conducted.  
sestburundi@yahoo.fr

* Ghana: teaching listening skills
From June 30 to July 7, the Association of Working Children and Youth organized a training workshop on listening. People from the following cities were among the attendees: Ablonu, Accra, Adaklu, Do, Ayoma, Ho, Hohoe, Klefe, Wli and Sapema. There were 24 children and youths, with facilitation by a young Nigerian. The training began with the negotiation of objectives, expected results, and the fears and hopes of the participants. Based on questions and answers and drawings, we learnt the meaning of listening, its various components, the person who is listened to, the person who is listening and the signs of good or poor listening. The participants played sketches to better understand what listening is all about, and how it can be used in regards to child’s protection. They gained a thorough knowledge in terms of listening skills which will enable them to listen and to apprehend the nature of WCYs’ problems. Their work with the children living in difficult situations will be more effective with the development of their own methods of communication with parents, employers and children.
davidadams13@ymail.com, occeansmag@yahoo.com

* Guinea: training on intervention methods concerning mobile children 
From August 11 to 15, in collaboration with the NGO Sabou Guinea, AWCY Guinea organized a training session on methods based on AMWCY'’s Protection Manual, and RAO’s standards (West Africa Protection Network). This training which was aimed at 25 participants, resulted from a technical support visit to Pamelap where a grassroots group was set up to facilitate the identification, listening to and support of mobile or vulnerable children along the Guinean borders.
cn.aejtguinee1@gmail.com

* Guinea Bissau: training on child protection
From 14 to 20 July 2014, the National Coordination of WCYA Canchungo organized a training workshop on children’s protection based on AMWCY standards. This workshop brought together 25 participants who discussed, among others, the issue of protection and its importance, and the three dimensions of child protection: prevention, support to the child, and promotion of children’s rights. To help participants understand, the facilitator used a methodology focusing on group work, plenary sessions, questions/answers and field visits.
yurnama87@gmail.com

* Mali: organizational reinforcement/sensitization through plays
- Sensitization on peace through theater: The AWCY Mopti theater group organized a sensitization tour on peace and reconciliation in Mali. Thanks to the support of Enda Mopti, the villages of Bagasse, Bandiagara, Koro Kona were visited. WCY mobilized authorities (prefects, mayors, heads of village, etc.), to conduct their activities with the populations (children, youth and parents). They made some presentations on AMWCY, its vision, mission, objectives and child protection activities in Mali and in all member countries, before organizing sketches on peace and national reconciliation.
- Organizational reinforcement: From July 16 to 24, 2014, the National Coordination of Mali’s AWCY organized meetings in AWCY to share the recommendations of its technical support missions during visits to Mali. The teams of 2 WCY (a child and a youth) took charge of the debriefing, strengthened the organizational capacities of those AWCY and tightened the collaborative links with the authorities. In each city, authorities (village chiefs, gendarmerie and town halls) and NGOs were met to strengthen collaboration with WCY. Mass activities were organized to mobilize children, mostly girls, and convince them to join AWCY.
isaaktraore@yahoo.fr

* DRC: training on learning centers/technical support visits
Bukavu: On June 23, 2014, WCYA/Bukavu visited the NGO «Kids Planet» which had enjoyed WCY’s comic book a lot. Thanks to the comic book «Pitiful Child» published by members of the Grassroots Group in 2012 in collaboration with the National Coordination, «Kids Planet» told children that «good deeds always bear fruit» and that this comic book really contributes to children’s protection. It pledged to support WCY for 24 months in terms of technical training in their learning centers in the following fields: screen printing, comic books and culinary arts. At the end of this training, participants will be given complete screen printing equipment that helps them become successful entrepreneurs. Already, WCYA has received a complete kit for screen printing and other equipment to improve the services of its members in comic book production. After the assessment of the 24 months-partnership, visitors promised to continue their activities with WCY.
Uvira: From July 28 to August 1, 2014, WCYA UVIRA received a Technical Support Visit (TSV) led by the members of the Technical Support Group of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (MAEJT), in Rwanda. Out of the 11 Grassroots Groups of WCYA UVIRA, 07 were visited. There were some exchanges of experiences on the difficulties faced by WCY in achieving the 12 rights. Overall, potential solutions were found to make Grassroots Groups more operational.
cnaejtrdcongo@gmail.com, aejtuvi@yahoo.fr, lulemalucien@yahoo.fr

* Sierra Leone: WCYs’ action against the Ebola virus
The Association of Working Children and Youth in Sierra Leone organizes activities as part of its support to the Government to disseminate messages about the Ebola disease. WCY met all youth organizations to get them involved in the activities. On August 5, from 9:30 to 17:30, AWCY sensitized people about the disease and health measures to take in order to avoid it. They also visited the affected areas and those that had not seen the virus yet, to insist on how real and deadly the disease is. An operation called «Door to door, without Ebola» has been organized. Thanks to the partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, WCY give chlorine solutions to families and teach them how to prevent the disease.
bangsheikh2013@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313815662029188/660801407330610/?notif_t=group_activity
bangsheikh2013@gmail.com

* Publication: Fatoumata Mariko’s Interview

During the workshop held with ECOWAS in Dakar from July 14 to 16, Fatoumata Mariko gave an interview titled «Mobile and working children’s conditions in Africa: Fatoumata Mariko pleads for child in decision-making». During the interview, she pleads for the participation of children’s and youth’s organizations in debates that deal directly with child issues. It also insisted on the need for State support to literacy classes in terms of equipment and facilities, often initiated by WCY.

The interview is available on the following link:http://www.l-integration.com/?p=6072.


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