WITH A NEW MODULE ON CHILDREN'S RIGHTS PILOTED IN COMUNA FABIO MOLINA,
project has just been completed in the community of Fabio Molina, in the
town of La Tebaida, Quindio. The pilot is part of a wider initiative in
the area of protection from violence in early childhood, which has been
developing since last year through the cooperation of three partner
organizations: ICDP, IICRD and CINDE. The participants were community
mothers who responded to the invitation to receive training in two
areas: the ICDP programme with its guidelines for good quality care and
a programme that will guide them about children’s rights.
ICDP programme provided a sensitization process which developed in the
participants a new perception of their role as mothers. Each mother
explored her own way of relating to her child, then tested out new ways
and shared her own findings with the other mothers. All agreed to
continue to practice the guidelines for good quality care; they
understood the importance of showing positive feelings and using
dialogue in relation to their children and that it is a two way process.
The new children’s rights curriculum raised the mothers’ awareness about
their own responsibilities to protect children from violence in their
community and they formulated and put into practice an action plan. As a
result of that action, a few dozen families (linked to the ICBF children
centre, one school and one NGO called DAVIDA) are now informed about the
guidelines for positive communication with children, about ways to
protect children and detect abuse of children’s rights. This network of
mothers is also campaigning to change "the local culture of shouting at
children", which they perceive "as a first step leading to violence
“At first I
was not very willing to participate in this training; I was not paying
much attention to my children and I had little tolerance towards them.
The support I received made a big difference and it was appreciated by
my husband which is a good thing.”
“I know a better way to
treat my children and I remember every day that one has to keep
improving , to have more capacity for tolerance, to talk and listen. We
need to give so much affection."
responsible for the proper care of children and for being attentive to
report if something is wrong or hurts them.”
identify things that are bad for children, now I speak to other mothers
about child protection issues and know how to identify and monitor the
abuse of children's rights..”
given me confidence in my capacity, we are no longer just mothers
waiting on their children and looking after their husbands, we have
become leaders for our community, an example for other parents in the
children’s centre where we send our children. “
fear from when I was at school has disappeared; I can speak in pubic and
I am not afraid to draw and make a poster.”
there is more harmony in my home, more tolerance; instead of criticizing
we try to understand what is happening; knowing that you can improve.”
“The most important thing is to stop screaming at my children, to become
a better person myself, to dialogue with my children, tolerance is the
know how to identify situations in which the rights of a child are
“ We need
to share this experience with others. We need to provide a good
from the ICDP trainers: For us it was a most gratifying experience as we
realized that a lot can be done on grassroots level and that most
mothers are ready to receive and replicate the process – all these
mothers needed was to be given the confidence in addition to some simple
tools to help them start engaging others in the same process.
PROJECT IN COMUNA 13: On the 29th of September, a team of ICDP
trainers and facilitators celebrated the ending of their ICDP project,
carried out in the Comuna 13 district of Medellin. The gathering was
attended by Eumelia Galeano, the local ICDP team leader and she sent us
very gratifying to see all the evidence from the field notes, charts,
photographs etc. made by the community mothers who implemented the ICDP
programme with neighbouring families. It was a moving evening of hope,
because in the midst of continuing violence (20 days ago the 16 year old
son of one of the participating mothers was murdered), we were able to
celebrate the successful work of this group of mothers who completed
their training to become ICDP facilitators and had applied ICDP
sensitization with others. The ICDP program impacted community mothers,
promoters, teachers, youth and public officials. Some of the teachers
decided to apply the program and use its materials in their daily work
with children - this was undertaken from their own initiative and was
outside the planned scope of the project.
number of certified facilitators is 39. They implemented ICDP with
parent-groups whose size varied ranging from 8 to 40 families per group.
One facilitator stood out by delivering ICDP to several groups reaching
a total of 200 families. The programme also reached 40 young people in
the community and the total number of families who received ICDP is 547.
These data show that the objectives were far surpassed in terms of
expected coverage. There is an extensive photographic record of each of
the training sessions and we are in the process of finishing the final
report that will include testimonies from the mothers. We wish to extend
our thanks to IICRD who made the realization of this training possible,
to Nicoletta for her permanent support and to CINDE for cooperation on
Click here for the power point presentation in Spanish.
ICDP has signed a contract
of cooperation with the International Institute for Children's Rights
and Development (IICRD) and has started to develop collaborative
projects in 4 communities in Colombia. The
first project began its activities in Comuna 13, one of the most
vulnerable areas of the city of Medellin.
This pilot project is integrating the ICDP and IICRD
approaches, with the aim of increasing the local community's capacity to
protect its young children from violence. The
International Centre for Human Development (CINDE) is the local partner
involved in the implementation.
Convention on the Rights of the Child (General Assembly, 1989),
reflected in the Colombia legislation “Hechos y Derechos” and in the "Codigo"
at departmental/municipal levels, establishes that “States bear
primary responsibility for preventing and responding to violence against
children.... [guaranteeing] girls and boys everywhere the right to live
their lives free from violence” (United Nations, 2006, p. xi).
Colombia has undertaken important steps to strengthen child
protection of school age and adolescent children and has put in place
an Early Childhood Public Policy, which has become particularly
visible since 2002. However, in spite of the development of institutional frameworks for child protection,
in reality the protection of very young children is still limited.
project partners will work together on developing effective child protection
models, which will include
strengthening all phases in protection from violence: prevention,
identification of suspected areas of violence, support systems and care services for
child victims. Children, family members, agency personnel and
others will be included as critical
participants in the process. The project, will be helping mothers,
parents, family members, local officials and child
protection professionals to develop strategies to better prevent child
maltreatment and violence within homes, as well as to establish easier
access to and higher quality care services for child victims. The project will
inform responsible parties about the role they could be playing in improving child protection short and long-term.