News from the Philippines
After months of difficulties, we have had news from the Philippines:
International Day for Street Children in Greece
The 12th of April is the International Day for Street Children. In Greece, ARSIS supports this day by organising a wide variety of activities and by sharing experiences. It was an opportunity to raise awareness and to tell people about this event and about street children by organising a 2-day event in Thessaloniki.
On the first day, 11th of April, a workshop was organised on the topic and methodology of working with children in the street, on what we do and what we can do. The participants in the workshop were: “National Centre for Social Solidarity” and the NGOs “ARSIS”, “EMFASIS foundation”, “PRAXIS”, “Medecins Du Monde”, “The A21 Campaign”.
On the second day, 12th of April, an all-day event took place in the city centre where different activities were organised and many people took part:
- Mobile school
- Puppetry show for children
- Creative workshops
- Amusing activities with clowns
- Live music
Raising awareness amongst school communities – Practical Guide
New publication by Dynamo International-Street Workers Network, ARSIS (Greece), Salvati Copiii (Romania) and Landeshauptstadt (Germany).
A guide on methods and processes in order to put child rights into practice on the streets.
On the street – A Practical guide for new street social workers
The “Federation for Detached Youth” (United Kingdom), in cooperation with Dynamo International-Street Workers Network, has put together a toolkit for working with young people and other professionals who do outreach work in the street.
This guide is written in a useful, user-friendly way and is a must-have for anybody starting out in the profession.
It is a practical guide for new street workers which draws on the experiences of street workers from across the world.
The guide focuses on issues such as the safety of workers, their fears and worries as well as the skills required for working in the street. As such, it can be used to help new workers find their feet as part of the integration process.
You can get a paper copy of the guide from Dynamo International: firstname.lastname@example.org or Federation for Detached Youth: email@example.com
Conference on Street work in Zaragoza (Spain)
On 17 January 2014, ‘Prides Sociedad cooperativa de Zaragoza’, with the support of Dynamo International-Street Workers Network and street workers from the Spanish platform, organised the conference “Crisis, Childhood, Adolescents and street work”. We also had contact with Mexico and Brazil.
The city of Zaragoza is committed to continuing the street work programme.
This meeting was also an opportunity to convene a meeting of the Spanish street worker platform in order to move forward with restructuring. The new street work structure is called Dynamika, and it is already up and running.