THE VOICE OF CHILDREN
Because children are the first beneficiaries of our actions, we are convinced that they should be consulted, listened to and taken into account.
The following videos are part of The Oneminutesjr initiative which highlights and celebrates diversity among youth around the world. More than 1,000 young people, coming from 70 countries, including Haiti, took part in this programme.
The Oneminutesjr gives 12-20 years-old youngsters, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalised, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties, and viewpoints with the world. The intimate nature of the videos allows the viewer to be close to each other in spite of geographical and cultural borders.
In Haiti, in spite of a series of measures taken by the State to prevent corporal punishment in schools, there is evidence that this scourge is still present in many educational facilities. In this context, the Haitian Ministry for Education, with financial and technical backing from UNICEF thanks to funding from Belgian funds, set up a pilot scheme called “Action Against School Violence in Haiti”
This pilot scheme set up in the South-East region consists in developing a Code of Conduct, training school staff to encourage them to use positive discipline and an awareness campaign on violence issues. Through this scheme, pupils expressed their unhappiness and frustration through drawings. While participating in focus groups, they expressed their wish for a total ban on such pratices from their schools.
This test phase will continue until December 2015 and contribute to the qualitative improvement of education in the South-East region.
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