Encabezamiento

NEWSLETTER 33

October 2015

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EDITORIAL:

It is several years, in the context of deterioration of the living conditions for more and more Europeans, social street workers have seen their daily social work evolve into humanitarian work. The massive arrival of migrants in our cities accentuates this changing mission. This humanitarian work that aims to fulfil basic needs in emergency situations, does not always guarantee social cohesion and respect for all human rights.
Reminding some fundamental rights is not enough. We call for politicians and other stakeholders to go beyond the formal recognition of these rights by implementing the effective conditions for their application in unconditional respect for individuals and equality. We demand an end to the abuse of any person with special attention for children and an end to the criminalization of street and migrant populations.
Some aspects of European migration policy bring exclusion and poverty. This policy must fundamentally change in order to be consistent with the European desire of improving social inclusion in Europe. This inclusion should be accessible to everyone living on EU territory. This change will fight durably against the phenomena of poverty, clandestinity, unaccompanied minors, disaffiliation and human trafficking.
It is necessary to acknowledge the right to international mobility for any individual. This implies the right to travel, study and work anywhere in the world. Encouraging mobility generates multiple educational effects. It leads the construction of a fraternal society by fighting against prejudice. But it is also a vehicle for a better wealth repartition between North and South.

Edwin de Boevé - Director Dynamo International

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PROJECTS

Erasmus + and Dynamo International Network: A new project starts for 15 countries of our network.

Our Erasmus + project has been accepted! We start from October 2015 to train 700 social street workers within our network and our awareness campaign and advocacy.

Through online trainings and meetings, we will:

• Strengthen the skills of social street workers

• Enhance our network at local, regional and international levels to promote practical exchanges

• Raise awareness and work towards the recognition of our work with local and international authorities through advocacy.

• A brand new online training platform will be created and will improve our expertise in social street work and advocacy in order to sustainably increase the quality of care and support for young people in street situations.

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PARTNERS

The work on the recognition of social street work and the vulnerability of street children in the DRC continues!

We received June 23, 2015, in Brussels, the Minister of Gender, Family and Children of Democratic Republic of Congo, who has renewed the cooperation agreement with the Belgian government.

Awareness of the authorities is crucial for the work of social street workers official recognition. It can be noticed that for DISPE (Social Intervention Department for Child Protection), social street work is new and the current project proves its effectiveness. Indeed, the director of the DISPE proposes to incorporate this new profession and to create a new unit "Streetwork" in each BISPE (Social Intervention Office for the Protection of Children) in the country. This new service will centralize street work, coordinate services and street workers, lead researches on the matter and look for financial resources at national and international level.
Furthermore, we are delighted that children in street situation and social street workers have participated in the Francofolies festival organized in Kinshasa in September 2015.

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ACTIVITIES

Around the Children's Rights in 7 days

From Belgium to Switzerland via France, the Caravan of Children's Rights was on its way to its 3rd edition of September 9 to 16, 2015!

This training tour is organized by the DCI - Belgium (Defence for Children International) with the Interdisciplinary Center for Children's Rights, the Interfaculty Centre for Child Rights of the University of Geneva and the International Institute of Child Rights and Dynamo International. The Caravan of children's rights trains professionals of childhood and youth on children's rights by the discovery of international institutions.
We celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Convention on Children's Rights and thirty workers from different countries and professional background were trained to the possible resorts and procedures for the protection of children’s rights in European and UN institutions. Professionals from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Belgium, Switzerland and France have met and exchanged various members of the international scene dealing with the children’s rights. Of these, there were:

• Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

• Susie Morgan, Coordinator of Children's Rights Program.

• The Themis Association of Strasbourg.

• Philip Jaffé, Director of the Interfaculty Centre Children's Rights.

• Jorge Cardona and Renate Winter, Members of the Children's Rights Committee.

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This training was full of experience and highlights the need to know and increasingly defend children’s rights.

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AGENDA

Workshop « Advocacy training »

Lisboa from November 30th to December 2015

The objective of this training is to provide all participants with tools allowing them to develop a strategic advocacy plan for the social street work and professional status for social street workers and other youth workers.tools to elaborate an advocacy strategic plan for the recognition of social street work and a professional status for social street workers and other youth workers.

The methodology will be active and participatory, based on the knowledge of each other. They apprehend, step by step, all stages of building a strategic advocacy action plan.

Evaluation: further to the training, all the participants will assess the construction of a strategic action plan in their association and its implementation.

Price: 600€ (including: training, educational materials, 5 nights’ accommodation in a double room, meals and local transport).

For more information and registration: oli.pourbaix@gmail.com

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