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NEWSLETTER 28

May-June  2013

EDITORIAL:


A networking story...

...The days were pretty busy and I knew that the only time to write this editorial would be on the train from the streetwork-conference in Prague. But then the train (because of the flood in the north) was 130 min. late and we chose another connection, where we had to change train 3 times and at the end it took 2 hours more, so no writing at all. Now it is close before midnight and I promised to send the editorial today. And then you ask if it was worth it with the travel and all the effort, if there is so much to do here, and I try to answer...

…it is worth connecting to others, even if it cost a lot of energy, because:

I heard the stories of success in hard conditions and many good practise examples

and I also heard the concerns about the situation of vulnerable groups in radicalized society of today and I felt that there are people who share the same values

it seemed to me that all the methodologies (for different target groups; on the street and in the virtual space) are already invented and I just need to look around

in the panel discussions people from NGOs and municipalities tried to approach to common goal even if in reality they mostly look like aliens to each other

I can compare and look on my own work from the distance; if the situation is really complicated, it needs a really big distance for not losing the overview

I met people from the field I haven´t seen for 5+ years; it is exciting to hear both – that they still keep on running the same programme or where they moved to

through the international/intercultural context it is possible to see our problems and the problems of our clients in broader perspective

and it was amazing to spend time talking to colleagues from other organisations in my country about issues we never have enough time for.

So despite of being overwhelmed with seeking solutions of one´s own problems it is always worth to share experiences, practice and support. I gave you my simple midnight ideas why.

Petra Hraňová, Ulita & Association of low-threshold programmes, Slovakia

petra.hranova@ulita.eu.sk

 

COMBATING POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Advocacy actions for implementation of the European recommendation on Child Poverty

As announced in our previous newsletters, the European Commission Recommendation on child poverty and well-being, entitled “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage”, was adopted on 20 February 2013 as part of the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion (SIP). The Recommendation calls for a children’s rights approach and integrated strategies based on three pillars: access to adequate resources; access to affordable quality services; and children’s right to participate. It serves as an important incentive for concrete actions in the EU member states to promoting children´s rights and tackling child poverty and social exclusion.  

However, the Recommendation can only be implemented if national actors act!

In order to translate the Recommendation a reality, we invite all street workers and key actors to make use of the EU´s policy guidance to apply pressure to national and regional governments to prioritise child poverty and well-being as part of national anti-poverty strategies.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can get engaged in several ways. You are encouraged to try to get your National Parliaments engaged and involve your Members of European Parliament (MEPs):

Call on your national parliament’s members responsible for poverty and social inclusion to put forward a parliamentary question on the actual implementation of the Recommendation at national level.

Address the various political parties and MEP candidates with an open letter, in which the role of street workers and civil society is highlighted.

You can find the recommendation here.

European Commission Recommendation on child poverty “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage”

Don’t forget to keep us informed about your advocacy activities!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Mari Fresu Policy and Communication Officer

mari.fresu@travail-de-rue.net

 

NEWS

News from Bulgaria – A guide against street violence: sharing the most efficient strategies through an international platform

The Alliance for Children and Youth – the social street workers organisation from Bulgaria member of Dynamo International – participated in creating a Practitioner’s training guide as part of a street and peer violence prevention program.  The program is a product of the European's federation for street children project called “European Street Children Anti-Violence Program and Exchange” (ESCAPE) financed through DAPHNE III.

The ESCAPE project aims to develop street as well as peer violence prevention and contrast strategies specifically addressed to street children and adolescents with migration background or belonging to ethnic minorities. Such strategies will be shared among partners from Eastern and Western Europe, in order to create a transnational platform able to promote effective actions against street and peer violence and harmful lifestyles.

The project focuses mainly on:

  • exchanging knowledge about the possibilities of intervening as a social street worker,
  • fostering a transnational platform for a strict cooperation between social street workers from eastern and western European country.
  • modeling and developing effective educative prevention programs aimed to prevent street violence and risk behavior related to drug or alcohol abuse or the carrying of weapons.

Find out more about the project here.

Publication

Ulyana Matveeva, Alliance for Children and Youth, member of Dynamo International

matveevaulyana@gmail.com

News from Peru – New responsibilities for REDENAC: towards a dialogue with public authorities

 Since February 2013 REDENAC, the network of social street workers in Lima / Peru, meets on a regular basis in order to create a guide line on ethics and good practice for the approach of social street workers towards the street population. For that effect, certain members can participate more easily in the network, without the support of a project or an institution.

REDENAC also takes part in the meetings for the national program Llachay, the section of the ministry for women and vulnerable groups that actively works with the populations at risk in the streets of Lima. The program aims at exchanging experiences, points of views and attitudes towards a problem that only recently has gained some visibility on the level of central government. Through the work of this ministry the government shows a true motivation to make good use of REDENAC’s experience for new policy proposals. For the moment, the government has integrated the elaboration of ethical guide lines as an important point into its agenda. REDENAC has been assigned the responsibility for the commission in charge of this work – a great task that we fulfill thanks to our team work.

It is important to point out that, in ten years, it is the first time we reach such a high level of communication and willingness to dialogue between the government and civil society on the issue of people living in the street.

Fabrizio Caciano, member of the platform America of Dynamo International

fabriziocaciano7@hotmail.com

News from Greece – “No Child on the Street!” : ARSIS in action against Child work

For the day against Child work on June 12th, ARSIS – Greek member of Dynamo International – has worked on raising visibility of the exploitation of children in Greece.

Between May 2012 and May 2013 ARSIS has localised 900 children working between 6 and 12 hours per day in Athens and Thessaloniki. The ONG organised awareness-raising actions in both cities. A conference about “Child work, exploitation and trafficking minors in Greece” and the distribution of information material aimed at developing a better understanding of the causes of Child work among the population and stakeholders. For concrete and material support of the children, ARSIS organised a food collection.

Find further information in the press release of ARSIS.

News from Belgium – TRACES DE RUE: A new federation of social street workers

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am happy to announce the creation of Traces de Rue (street traces), the French speaking federation of social street workers, in February 2013. Traces de Rue was made possible thanks to the motivation and persistence of a social street workers collective that wants to promote social change.

There are many challenges to face and difficult tasks to fulfill. We want to offer the right answers to the needs and interests of social street workers and the destabilized populations they work with, who are often confronted to complex situations of social exclusion.

Social street workers have the duty to speak up when their fieldwork gives them insight into social problems that require improvement of the conditions of coexistence and therefore a change in social policy and the political thinking in order to foster social cohesion as a precondition for social justice.

In a social context that is more and more centered on securitarian and control based policies, in which social work ethics and moral codes are often jeopardised, it seemed essential to us to create a social street workers French speaking federation Traces de rue in order to reinforce and to raise visibility of our actions and thoughts.

Through our work we aim to:

  • promote a conception of social street work aiming at emancipation of the people and enabling individuals or collectivities to escape from all forms of exclusion.
  • promote knowledge and recognition of social street work and the specificity of social work, as well as to support the ethics, professional moral codes and the methodology as defined in our charter.
  • defend access to human rights and their implementation for and with the people we work with question and call out on politicians.
  • organise activities concerning our professional practices.

Do not hesitate to visit our web site to learn more about our planned activities: www.travailsocialderue.be

Véronique Martin, Traces de Rue, Belgian Platform member of Dynamo International

tracesderue@gmail.com   

Dynamo International’s participation in the “Learning Forum” of the European Anti Poverty Network (Laulasmaa - Estonia, 21-25 May 2013)

Dynamo International, represented by Adelaïde Trousselard, took part in the first « Learning Forum » organised by the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN). Dynamo International has become a member of the Platform in 2012. The purpose of the forum was to allow the organisations who fight poverty to share their competences and experiences and to learn more about concrete poverty situations in the more or less ten countries that were represented. The participation in the meeting was not limited to the European continent since EAPN is a member of Dignity International, the organisation that unites the actors working with vulnerable populations on different continents (www.dignityinternational.org).

The event was the possibility for representatives of the different national organisations of the EAPN to get to know each other. The members of Dynamo International can benefit from these new connections to organise joint actions with new partners. It was the occasion to better understand local realities and to meet Estonian political actors and associations during field visits. The Forum allowed raising visibility of Dynamo International and the social street work as a way of approaching vulnerable persons.

A Facebook page has been created for this event. On the webpage of EAPN you can find the program, pictures, and all the presentations that were shown during the different workshops: 

Adelaïde Trousselard, Project officer

adelaide@travail-de-rue.net

 

 

THE EUROPEAN UNION AND YOU

EU commits to ensuring basic education for every child by 2030

The European Union confirmed its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality beyond 2015 during a high end conference on May 23rd. UNESCO's Education for All goals were established in 2000 to promote progress in education and establish a global dialogue around education and targets that should be met by 2015. At least 20% of the aid budget of the next EU funding period 2014-2020 is foreseen for human development and social inclusion, education being a main component of it.

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs ensured that by 2030, every child will be able to complete basic education, regardless of their circumstances, and have basic literacy and numeracy skills, stating that it is « unacceptable that there are still 61 million children who don’t have access to basic education today. »

Since 2004, EU funds have contributed to getting 9 million pupils in developing countries into primary education. But literacy is also a big challenge for Europe: 1 in 5 pupils and more than 73 million adults have difficulties with reading and writing. Therefore, the Commission launched a high level group for literacy in 2011 to identify best-practices and promote cooperation in this area across Europe. The European Commission has a dedicated website on literacy and the ‘Europe Loves Reading’ campaign. It plans to shortly establish a European network of national literacy organisations.

 Europa website

 

AGENDA


SAVE THE DATE! Conference “Social Protection, Citizenship and Street Work”

What role for local authorities and social street workers? Brussels, Committee of the Regions, 22 november 2013

At the conference we want to discuss challenges and responsibilities for local authorities, NGOs and civil society to improve social protection in the European Union.

Social protection is crucial for all citizens, especially in times of economic crisis. People living in the street (especially children) are particularly affected by this situation. In this context, local and regional authorities play a fundamental role to promote social cohesion and to fight social exclusion. Front-line witnesses of a deteriorating situation, social street workers play a key role in providing support and care to vulnerable populations. In order to effectively implement social protection policies and promote active citizenship, it is important to foster exchange and collaboration between the different actors.

Contact: mari.fresu@travail-de-rue.net


WORDS FROM THE STREET

PERSONAL STORY – Mobility of Youth workers in Europe : adapting, learning and discovering the small pleasures of a new culture

Veronica has come from Italy to work for Dynamo International in Belgium for six months. This exchange between her Italian organisation EUFEMIA and Dynamo International was supported by the European program Youth in action of the European Commission, which helps Youth workers to gain professional experience abroad.

Veronica describes the unexpected challenges she had to master in a new work environment with its institutions and rules, but she also talks about how valuable the experience was on a professional and personal level: Discovering the Belgian culture, developing a new cooperation between EUFEMIA and Dynamo International, meeting and exchanging with the Belgian Youth… to mention only a few of the enriching aspects of her stay that she shares with us in her personal story.

MEETING Belgian social street workers

The coordinator of Traces de Rue, Véronique Martin, has met Belgian social street workers on the field: on the streets of Brussels and Liège she witnessed the encounters and everyday problems her colleagues are confronted to.

She gives us an insight into the different aspects of social street work and the difficult personal situations the social workers are dealing with and try to improve. A testimony of the great human and professional qualities that social street work requires.

 


 

L’information contenue dans cette publication ne reflète pas nécessairement la position ou l’opinion de la Commission européenne.