AMWCY helps empower children in over 20 African countries through essential literacy courses

Barcelona, 28 July 2011 - The right to read and write is one of the priorities the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) has closest to its heart. Being able to read and write empowers AMWCY’s grassroots associations to duly interact with the outside world. In order to teach children these essential abilities in life, mechanisms are put in place in 22 African countries. With the permission of parents and guardians, children attend classes on Friday and Saturdays or Sundays. Before lessons begin, participant WCY associations are provided with the necessary material such as exercise books, pens, pencils, bags and text books to motivate attendance. Premises where lessons ar...

AMWCY produces an animated cartoon on how to keep safe during mobility

Barcelona, 28 July 2011 - In West and Central Africa, children often travel long distances to study, work or meet members of their family. They travel alone or accompanied, from one country to another or from rural to urban areas. During this journey, these children are at risk of being exploited, abused, suffering violence, getting lost, etc. The African Movement of Working Children and Youth is made up of children and youth who actively work for the promotion of their rights and the protection of children. Among the many initiatives they undertake in the area of mobility, the AMWCY has produced a special cartoon on this issue. In late 2010, around thirty AMWCY members from ten different co...

UN team calls for end to use of children in conflict in Central African Republic

26 July 2011, Central African Republic – The Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has expressed concern over continuing violations of children’s rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all armed groups in the country to immediately halt the practice. In a press statement issued today following the Working Group’s 31st meeting last month, the chair of the United Nations body urged all the groups to develop time-bound action plans on the removal of children armed groups, in line with the Council’s previous resolutions. Specifically addressing the group known as the Armée Populaire pour la restauration de la République et de la D...

Kenya: Every Child Deserves a Birth Certificate

18 July 2011, Nairobi — When Purity Masyuki finally got her twin daughters' adoption certificates, she could hardly contain herself with joy. These two papers, which mean nothing to most Kenyans, meant the world to her three year old girls, who she adopted two years ago. "These papers mean that my daughters finally have an identity; it also means that the law recognises me as their parent," says the 30 year-old counsellor. An adoption certificate is a document issued to every adopted child, and by law, is equivalent to a birth certificate, which every Kenyan needs as proof of identity. Surrounding Purity's joy however, is the fear that her children will always be required t...

 

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