Author: dkaplan

Healing the Self: An Experience of Post-Earthquake in Nepal

By Meenakshi Dahal When I reached the shelter after a week, Rabin (name changed), age 5, came running towards me asking why I was not there for about a week. I asked smiling, whether he missed me. He slowly replied, “yes, I was waiting for you every day. We had nothing to do.” And I asked why? He didn’t answer, just looked down at the floor. I just opened my bag as before and took out the colors and papers. He picked some of the colors and started sketching. From the corner, a lady told me this boy is not good. And I asked what happened? She said he was stealing things from the shop. I looked at the boy’s face, he was working at his own pace, as if he didn’t listen to us. “It was mid-day of Saturday, 25th April 2015. Things started to shake and it took a few minutes to comprehend that it was an earthquake. I was with my friends in the open ground. We didn’t understand what was happening. What could we do? We were starring each other’s face with fear. We started listening to people’s screaming and the sound of buildings and compound walls collapsing. At...

A Conversation About Children’s Rights

by Ellen Hall and Alison Maher - Response by Pam Boulton Do Children have rights? How can they be active participants in the classroom? And what does this have to do with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? Ellen Hall, Alison Maher and Pam Boulton, of the Working Group on Children's Rights discuss these questions and more in this article from Exchange magazine, May/June 2012....

Seen and Heard: Children’s Rights in Early Childhood

By Ellen Lynn Hall and Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin (foreward by Bonnie Neugebauer). Teachers College Press, 2011 Using examples from a Reggio-inspired school with children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years, the authors emphasize the importance of children's rights and our responsibility as adults to hear their voices. Seen and Heard summarizes research and theory pertaining to young children's rights in the United States, and offers strategies educators can use to ensure the inclusion of children's perspectives in everyday decisions....

NEPAL — Meenakshi Dahal, Studies Impact of Earthquake on Children

To our great delight Meenakshi Dahal and Kirsten Haugen joined Roger and me for brunch at the Café. Meenakshi began spending time with children in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after the earthquake, playing together with simple toys. She has collected some of their drawings in order to study how they are coping and to share with others how children use art to express their emotions and ideas following trauma....

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] 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 citizens – indistinguishable from a cross section...