March 2016

Voices of Children Update – March 2016

March 2016 – The Voices of Children Journey Continues in India and Singapore This past month the Voices of Children (VoC) project continued the journey to better understand young children’s perspectives on rights by travelling to sites in Mumbai, Bangalore and Singapore. Our team of two videographers and three educators from Brazil, USA, and Singapore engaged directly with teachers, parents and children during twelve intensive days of listening through drawing, story telling, movement, play, and the language of video. What is it like to engage in a dialogue of over an hour with small groups of 4-6 year olds about how they see their lives, the environment, and their community? How do we really “hear” and make visible the underlying threads of how they see their rights and how they can contribute? What is the impact of unpacking the cultural and political meaning of rights with educators in India and Singapore? Clearly, we have been the learners. Through our collaboration we have realized that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), while an important tool, is a legal document created by adults. The VoC Project, which also includes reciprocal mentoring with contributors on the ground in Israel, Australia, Pakistan, Nepal,...

Voices of Children Update – March 2016

This past month the Voices of Children (VoC) project continued the journey to better understand young children’s perspectives on rights by travelling to sites in Mumbai, Bangalore and Singapore. Our team of two videographers and three educators from Brazil, USA, and Singapore engaged directly with teachers, parents and children during twelve intensive days of listening through drawing, story telling, movement, play, and the language of video....

Seeking Collaborators to Contribute their ‘Voices of Experience’

Do you, or have you ever worked in a children’s home? Do you feel you have observed a positive outcome? If so, we need you!   We are seeking collaborators to contribute with their ‘Voices of experience’ for our Working Group: Rights for Children living in Children’s Homes. The 10 Rights were drafted with infants and young children in mind, yet according to us, the realization of these points or rights could also improve the quality of life of older (school-aged) children living in institutions. If you would like to collaborate, please contact [email protected]  Submissions must be received by April 15. Our goal is to publish a book based on The Ten Essential Rights of Infants and Young Children living in Children’s Homes, as part of our Working Group RCCH of the World Forum Foundation, and include ‘voices of experience’ from international collaborators. Main authors and editors: Anna Tardos  (Hungary) and Elsa Chahin (Mexico). Our big idea for change is to improve the outcomes for children reared in residential group care around the world.  We base our goals on our knowledge that children can be reared in residential group care in ways that result in positive results – children who grow up to be healthy, productive...

Patsy Pillay Garners Media Coverage

World Forum National Representatives are the link between countries around the world and the World Forum Community. Before we gather in Auckland, May 2017, we intend to cover the globe, with a National Representative in every country. We will be asking for your help to find a great NR in countries yet unrepresented....