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April 12, 2024

On 12 April, International Day of Street Children, PARTAGE Rise would like to highlight two of its members who are working tirelessly to help children and young people living on the streets.

KEOOGO’s work with street children in Burkina Faso

Deux jeunes garçons rencontrés au cours d'une maraude par les équipes de KEOOGO

The lives of children and young people who end up on the streets of Ouagadougou are varied. The reasons why they end up on the streets can be economic, with families in difficult circumstances pushing their children to seek an income, or socio-cultural, with child beggars, or “talibés”, begging for alms on behalf of unscrupulous marabouts, or young girls who are victims of forced marriage or gender-based violence. These factors are compounded by a worsening political and social context in the country, with insecurity and violence in the north driving some children and young people to flee to Ouagadougou in search of safety.

For many Burkinabè, these marginalised children and young people arouse fear and mistrust. They are often seen as troublemakers, without anyone fully realising that their rights are being violated. It is therefore essential to change the way society, both the general public and political decision-makers, view these children and young people in highly vulnerable situations.

Founded in 2004 by three former employees of Médecins Sans Frontières, KEOOGO provides support and guidance to children and young people excluded from the care system, offering them a chance to leave the streets for good and build a better future for themselves.

By going out to meet children and young people rather than waiting for them to turn to the association, KEOOGO adopts a proactive approach. They organise day and night patrols, relying on peer educators, former street youths who have been reintegrated, who know the area well and can establish a relationship of trust with them. Once this relationship has been established, KEOOGO offers a range of modules to enable them to play an active role in the decisions that affect them. Together with the team on the ground, each child determines his or her own reintegration objectives, and together they draw up a plan to achieve the desired stability and autonomy. The association does not work for children and young people, but with them.

Resource available :

Supporting children and young people living on the streets (French version only)

VOICE OF CHILDREN (VOC) child protection initiatives in Nepal

Groupe d'enfants pris en charge dans le centre d'accueil de Voice of Children

Since its creation in 2000, the organisation has played an essential role in helping children and young people living on the streets. By offering temporary reception centres, VOC provides them with a safe haven where they can receive medical care, psychological support and basic education. Working with local authorities, families, schools and communities, VOC raises awareness, prevents and intervenes in cases of violence against children and young people. Support and rehabilitation services are also offered to abused and neglected children and young people.

VOC relies on its Child Protection Charter to guide its actions and guarantee the safety of every child and young person taking part in its programmes. An effective warning system is in place, including a message box that allows them to confidentially report abuse, violations of their rights or dangerous situations. These messages are read by a trained person from outside the centre, in the presence of the elected chair of the Children’s Committee.

VOC makes children and young people aware of their rights and teaches them what is acceptable and unacceptable in terms of behaviour and treatment. The association encourages them to develop self-protection skills, to identify dangerous situations, to set personal limits and to ask for help if they need it. The participation of children and young people in decision-making involves their contribution to the design of activities, the identification of problems and the search for solutions adapted to their reality. VOC also encourages the creation of peer support networks among former centre beneficiaries, thereby strengthening their resilience in the face of the challenges they encounter.

Over the years, VOC has become a major player in child protection in Nepal. Thanks to its expertise in working with street children and young people and its awareness-raising, prevention, rehabilitation and advocacy programmes, the association is fighting against exploitation and abuse, helping to forge a promising future for every child and young person in Nepal.

The work of KEOOGO and VOC is essential in raising community awareness and advocating for the reintegration of children into society. As members of PARTAGE Rise, their commitment demonstrates our shared desire to ensure a better future for all children in vulnerable situations.

March 1, 2024

From 26 to 28 February, PARTAGE and three of its partners met in Compiègne to work together on a joint project entitled “Cantines des Écoles du Monde.

The aim was to define the joint challenges and activities to be implemented together in order to encourage pupils to stay in school and have access to better food, while developing partnerships with the various educational players in the areas where we are working: teaching teams, parents, local communities and canteen staff.

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Post-it de l'atelier de travail autour du projet "Cantines des Écoles du Monde"

Youssouf Dainane and Nasser Assoumani, from the NGO MAEECHA in the Comoros, Arsène Adiffon and Tobias Gbaguidi from the NGO RACINES in Benin, Dina Raouf and Hanaa Kaldas from the association AHEED in Egypt joined us to present what they are already doing in schools and canteens. A wide range of subjects, each as relevant as the next, were discussed: How can we get everyone involved in improving the quality of food and education? How can we take into account the economic realities and vulnerability of children and families? How can we ensure that communities and authorities take greater responsibility for canteens? How can we work together to build a project that will enable thousands of children to grow up better and strengthen us collectively?

This “giant brainstorming session” came up with a number of ideas and, above all, an incredible amount of energy to work at our own level to improve the well-being of children. Thank you to our guests for their motivation and their ever-increasing contribution to the Rights of the Child.

November 20, 2023

Several beneficiary children have sent us videos to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the signing of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. These children and young people share their views on their inherent rights.

Through these inspiring videos, the children invite us to see the world through their eyes, to understand their experiences and to recognise the crucial importance of Children’s Rights.

Each video is an open window, offering heartfelt reflections on themes such as education, health, nutrition, protection and participation. These ambassadors of hope express their aspirations and dreams and highlight the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Their words on the Rights of the Child transcend linguistic and cultural barriers, uniting the voices of these young people in a symphony for a fairer and more equitable future.

By sharing these videos, PARTAGE hopes to amplify the voices of these children, transforming their messages into a powerful force for raising awareness on this day of 20 November, which serves as a reminder of the crucial importance of guaranteeing the rights of every child everywhere in the world.

This video talks about the right to non-discrimination with children and young people from Haiti, Lebanon, Mayotte, Ecuador, Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros:

This video talks about the right to participation with children and young people from Egypt, Nepal, Ecuador and Cambodia:

This video talks about the right to life and survival with children and young people from Burkina Faso, India, Honduras, Nepal, Thailand and Lebanon:

 

Finally, this video talks about the right to well-being with children and young people from Madagascar, Romania, Brazil, Thailand and Benin:

Testimony of Yolaine Guérif, Managing Director of PARTAGE

“On this anniversary of the Rights of the Child, many of us want to shout out to the world that children should all have the right to live in peace, to grow up protected and to play freely.

Nearly 45 million children are displaced by conflicts around the world, 244 million do not go to school and 1 in 3 children around the world does not grow up normally because of malnutrition!

This situation, which makes us howl, also gives us the energy to fight relentlessly, even though great progress has been made over the last 34 years. I’ll let you listen to these children who are bearing witness for us on this anniversary, they give us wings to build a better world together!”

By celebrating 20 November, PARTAGE and its local partners on the ground are reaffirming their daily commitment to the rights of all children, emphasising that every day counts in the quest for a world where every child can grow up with dignity, protection and hope for the future.

January 10, 2023

From November 24 to 26, 40 volunteers, employees and partners of PARTAGE participated in the launching seminar of the project “Children committed to the objectives of sustainable development” at the Fort d’Aubervilliers. Hosted by the Fort Recup association, these three days were an opportunity to draw inspiration from cross-disciplinary experiences, to share skills, to learn from multiple cultures and to develop a common action plan: all the equipment needed to set sail!

With the same educational intention, this international team will contribute to accompanying the children on this long-term project, which involves various issues: promotion of global health, environment, children’s rights, interculturality… How can we contribute to the personal construction of our young actors so that they develop their spirit of initiative, citizenship and solidarity?

Following this course, the seminar aimed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each person, to debate their own representations of education for citizenship and international solidarity, to discover during a round table the small successes that shape the confidence and desire to act of young people, or to grasp the challenges to be taken up on the monitoring and evaluation of the project.

These numerous exchanges made it possible to learn the fundamental posture to adopt in order to facilitate the acquisition of human skills in conjunction with the educational teams. Between school life and family life, there are spaces for listening, for non-judgment; spaces of pedagogical freedom to be created during this project, where young people can commit themselves to the implementation of meaningful actions, provided they are accompanied.

Strengthened by these moments of conviviality and quality, our 40 participants are now ready to raise the anchor towards their territories, to avoid the icebergs by supporting, encouraging and valuing during the three years of the project approximately 3,000 young sailors who will reveal to themselves and to others their power of humanity.

 

February 7, 2022
February 7, 2022

November 20, International Children’s Rights Day, is a strong symbolic date for all PARTAGE’s partner. Since 2020, this date is also the date of the network’s photo exhibition: «Children’s rights seen by children». This is a key moment for the network, which allows us to reaffirm our commitment by promoting the participation of those most concerned and to support creativity by giving it a dedicated space.

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August 17, 2021
August 17, 2021
On the occasion of the 20th November, the anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Partage RISE launched a photo exhibition open to child participants from the 29 member organisations of the network and to children participating in local volunteer projects.

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November 27, 2020

The members of the RAEE (Réseau Afrique Enfance Épanouie) organised two meetings at the end of 2018 during which they were able to exchange on their respective practices. The first meeting saw the three West African organisations (RACINES from Benin, DISPENSAIRE TROTTOIR from Burkina Faso and MESAD from Côte d’Ivoire) meet. The DISPENSAIRE TROTTOIR hosted this meeting during which the participants from RACINES and MESAD were able to discover the actions implemented by the association and exchange on the themes of resource mobilisation and early childhood care. Lire Plus