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133 (December 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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* AMWCY: Accountants’ workshop
* Benin: Donation of equipments for AWCY in Cotonou and Comé
* Burundi: Meeting of the National Coordination
* The Gambia: Sensitization on children’s rights and well-being 
* Guinea: Debating the issue of Female Genital Mutilations and the Ebola Virus
* Nigeria: Training on liquid soap manufacturing 
* Senegal: Workshop on children’s protection and self-protection
* Togo: Series of  Income Generating Activities

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* AMWCY: Accountants’ workshop
The annual meeting of accountants Coordination officials and members of management committees of 6 countries funded by Save the Children Finland was held from November 10 to 15, 2014 in Lomé (Togo). Participants assessed the use of the procedures handbook. The aim of the meeting was to find out if countries do use the procedures handbook, what the difficulties they are faced with in its use are, and the related advantages and disadvantages. Participants discussed also resource mobilization strategies in the countries, based on the procedures handbook. Besides, countries which have already received an audit or a management control team shared their experiences with others, by giving some examples resulting from the findings or recommendations which were made to them. After exchanging and sharing experiences, participants went for a field visit in order to practice what they had learnt. They did an internal control management exercise at the Coordination’s headquarters in Togo. Following the observations made, recommendations were made to the Co-ordination for the improvement of its management. Finally, the participants held a workshop on the business plan, and discussed the ways and means by which their Coordinations could function without the support of a donor.
coordination01aejttogo@gmail.com , amdiop@endatiersmonde.org, abada@endatiersmonde.org

* Benin: Donation of equipments for AWCY in Cotonou and Comé
On November 07, 2014, AWCY in Cotonou and Comé received an equipment intended for their project at the NGO ESAM headquarters. This equipment is a donation from the European Union, the NGOs ESAME and TDH, on the occasion of the kick-off of the Mobility/Children’s Protection Community project driven by WCYA Comé. More than 138 WCY attended the ceremony, in addition to partners and officials. The following items were donated: plastic containers and cups to enable children to drink water at their meetings; 26 sets of games including 4 balls, 01 stopwatch, 03 whistles and 08 registers to help record children’s attendance during their meetings and visits.
menoudjinorbert@gmail.com

* Burundi: Meeting of the National Coordination
From November 9 to 13, 2014, the National Co-ordination of AWCY held its meeting in the province of Bururi, in the commune of Rumonge. During the meeting, which gathered together, 13 towns, participants assessed the activities implemented during the year in all areas: child protection, fulfillment of the 12 WCY rights, mobility and training. Participants’ capacities were built in relation to the use of the procedures handbook and on children’s involvement in decision-making bodies. Participants availed themselves of the opportunity to set up children's committees within those bodies. The meeting ended with the development of a project on the identification of mobile children. WCY have already begun to raise funds for the completion of this project.
sestburundi@yahoo.fr

* The Gambia: Sensitization on children’s rights and well-being
On October 25, 2014, the Grassroots Group from Wart Town, a member of AWCY Farafenni, organized a sensitization session on children’s rights, in general, and on WCY’s rights, in particular. WCY helped parents understand that they should take their responsibilities to better protect children in their communities. Parents pledged to educate their peers on children’s rights and well-being. During the sensitization, children handed out flyers to people who came to attend the event, and did some singing showcasing children’s 12 rights, and performed plays and sketches.
pamodou2006@gmail.com

* Guinea: Debating the issue of Female Genital Mutilations and the Ebola Virus
Thanks to technical support from the NGO Sabou Guinea, WCY organized a series of educational debates on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the Ebola virus, from October 5 to November 9, 2014. These activities are part of a FGM project funded by Save the Children. They were held in 05 communities in the Prefecture of Labe, and in 03 communities in Télémélé’s Prefecture. These debates came after the capacity-building workshop WCY organized on FGM in Labe, during which it emerged that, if FGM are to be abandoned in communities, it is imperative that children, women and girls who have been subjected to it, get fully involved, but with circumcisers, religious leaders, NGOs and the community also doing the same. These activities affected nearly 800 people and about one hundred hygiene kits were distributed in different communities. 
cn.aejtguinee1@gmail.com, charlyket86@yahoo.fr

* Nigeria: Training on liquid soap manufacturing
AWCY Ajegunle organized a liquid soap manufacturing training session in its community, in a neighboring primary school (ICCHS). The activities were chosen by the association’s members to strengthen their capacities and children’s skills to enable them to become self-employed, but also to help their community produce liquid soaps. During the first phase, which went from October 03 to 06, 2014, children and youth were trained. The training was held in Community Hall. During the second phase, held from October 21 to 24, WCY moved to ICCHS premises, for three days, to get pupils involved in manual work, as well as to teach them how to earn an income and pay for their school supplies. 58 children participated in this training. The populations and school officials were happy. They promised to support them within their future activities.
awesuhalilusenu@yahoo.com, awcynigeria@yahoo.com 

* Senegal: Workshop on children’s protection and self-protection
A WCY capacity-building workshop on children’s protection and self-protection was held from November 4 to 12, 2014 at the CNEPS in Thies. 22 WCY from the 14 member towns of the national coordination participated. This training was the result of WCY’s determination to achieve an effective protection of children in a context where the need for child protection is increasingly being felt, because of the violence and abuse children are subjected to. Participants used the participatory approach during group works, plenary sessions, role plays and sketches. They built their capacities in relation to the three pillars of protection: prevention, support and promotion of children's rights. They acquired new knowledge on child protection and can now train their peers in Grassroots Groups. A debriefing plan was developed to be sent to each member town in collaboration with the Departmental Committee of Child Protection.
cnaejtsn@yahoo.fr, amadoudjibi2003@yahoo.fr

* Togo:  Series of Income Generating Activities
AWCY have developed a series of crafts, IGA, agriculture and construction-related activities. In Keve, they manufactured traditional tools: racks, brooms, bracelets and bags which they put at the disposal of their unemployed comrades so that they might sell them and share the income with the Association.
In Vogan, thanks to income earned from IGA (gardening and small trade), WCYA replenished the child protection fund of the village of Vo-attive. It is community support for child protection in the town. With the money, AWCY helped some child orphans buy books for the 2014-2015 school years. In Niamtougou, following the training on resources’ mobilization held in Lomé, AWCY cultivated a large soybean farm. After the harvest, WCY sold their soy at the right time. Part of the generated income was used to buy school supplies for primary school children. Other apprentices also benefited from it to sign their own contract.
With income generated by their activities, Adomi Abra’s WCY built a sewing workshop for the Eketo-Elavagnon Grassroots Group. The sewing workshop is used by apprentices as their work place. It will also serve as a venue for other children who might be interested in learning this trade, later.
coordination01aejttogo@gmail.com


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