SCHOOLS WITHOUT WALLS: GIVING CHILDREN IN LESS-FAVOURED AREAS AN EDUCATION - BICE - ONG de protection des droits de l'enfant
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Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that the right to education must be achieved “on the basis of equal opportunity”. Unfortunately, in some regions (in particular rural, mountainous or landlocked ones, or in slums), children do not always have access to an education as they should. Including where primary education is compulsory and free for all. Despite the obligations imposed on States by the CRC and the Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the concerned children are still put aside.

Faced with this situation,which is worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Schools Without Walls initiative is adapting to the situation and needs of these too-often neglected areas. The initiative uses children’s resilience to bridge the gap between informal and formal education as well as to help teenagers take their first steps into employment.

Schools Without Walls is an interregional programme, spanning 4 countries over three continents, thanks to our five partner-establishments:

Region Country Partners Areas
of implementation
Africa Democratic
Republic
of the Congo (DRC)
Groupe des hommes voués au développement intercommunautaire (Ghovodi)

Programme d’encadrement des enfants de la rue (Peder)

Goma, North Kivu provinceBukavu, South Kivu province
Latin
America
Guatemala Fundación Pedro Poveda (Pedro Poveda Foundation) Chinautla municipality, near Guatemala City
Latin
America
Paraguay Callescuela Alto Paraná Department
Asia Cambodia Opérations Enfants du Cambodge (OEC) Prey Nob & Kg Seila District, Sihanoukville Province

Target group

Country Direct targets Indirect targets
Cambodia 450 children, 200 family members and 27 teachers 2,142 children, 3,646 community members, 16 civil servants and 4 civil society organisations.
Guatemala 2,535 children and youths, 260 family members, 157 education workers and 5 civil society organisations 4,500 children, 3,000 families and
4,380 community members, 7 civil servants and 25 civil society organisations.
Paraguay 1,238 children and youths, 90 family members, 42 teachers and 30 education officers 250 children, 800 community members, 21 education officers and 400 civil society organisations
Democratic Republic of the Congo 950 children, 444 parents, 264 education stakeholders and community specialists, 110 political and administrative decision-makers and 10 civil society organisations 13,150 children, 6,980 community members and 5 civil society organisations
France 1,250 children participating in the Childhood in the World festival

The initiative provides explicit goals, practical results attained thanks to well thought out activities:

The goals

The main goal is to make sure that children in vulnerable situations have access to the education they are lawfully entitled to, and are able to get involved in the life of their community.

We have set out two specific goals that we would like to reach:

Specific Goal 1: All children in vulnerable situations have acquired a solid core of knowledge and professional skills.

Specific Goal 2: Children get to exercise their rights in a protective environment that promotes access to education

Projected results and corresponding activities

Three results are projected in the pursuit of Specific Goal 1.

Result 1. Children in vulnerable situations have access to a non-formal education curriculum for the purpose of a future successful integration into the education system.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Reinforced health and food support to combat Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Installation of education areas for young children and organisation of tutoring and refresher courses, while keeping Covid-19 safety measures in mind.
  • Helping parents and children to integrate into the formal school system.
Result 2. Teenagers in vulnerable situations, especially young mothers, have acquired social and professional skills.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Reinforcing health and food support to combat Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Organising profession and entrepreneurship learning sessions.
  • Providing technical support and supervision for youths seeking to set up micro-companies or support groups.
Result 3. Our partners are trained and have access to all tools necessary for effective national advocacy with follow-up on any public policies that would facilitate the access to education for all.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Systematisation of proven educational support models in underprivileged areas.
  • Study concerning education access conditions in remote and rural areas and distribution of the results of the study to concerned authorities.
  • Organisation of advocacy campaigns and result & technique highlighting.
  • Taking part in UN oversight programmes and documentation & follow-up training for the cases where children are deprived of their right to education or professional training.

Three other results are projected in the pursuit of Specific Goal 2.

Result 1. Children in vulnerable situations have acquired sufficient knowledge concerning their own rights and actively take part in enforcing them.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Organisation and follow-up of rights teaching workshops and initiatives promoting leadership for children.
  • Implementation of workshops around such a theme for children and their respective teachers and trainers. Follow-up.
  • Coaching of young boys and girls on the subject of egalitarian practices and positive masculinity.
  • Creation of short films on the subject of access to education. Organisation of mini-festivals with the children.
Result 2. The family and the community recognise the relevance of the right to education and play a part in enforcing the right.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Organisation and follow-up of positive and responsible parenting & children’s rights workshops.
Result 3. Formal and non-formal schools become benevolent environments.

With this goal in mind, BICE and its partners are setting up the following activities:

  • Organisation of training sessions for education workers on the subject of the right to education and welfare.
  • Elaboration and implementation of a code of good conduct to establish a caring environment in participating schools and educational areas thus created.

 

With the support of:

AFD
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Description of our previous education initiative (2016-2020) here.

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