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Two little girls in front of a plant. (Source: Jakob Studnar)

Education opens doors

Guatemala: Together with our local partner CEIPA we focus on upholding children's right to education in Guatemala’s poverty-stricken southwest. We focus on solid vocational training that helps strengthen the voice of the rural poor. This project is supported by the European Union.

Why they need our help

In Guatemala it is common for children to toil in the fields or work as street hawkers to keep their families’ heads above water. Socially marginalised, children are unable to acquire skills that would allow them to find employment or start a business. Their chances of ever being able to free themselves from poverty are remote.

What we achieved in 2013

Dr. Sara Oviedo, Vice President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, travelled to Guatemala to assess the children's rights situation. She selected our project for a visit, which has proven to be to effective in significantly improving children’s chances to enter the labour market. The accomplishments in 2013 included:

A teenager during his apprenticeship as confectioner. (Source: CEIPA)
He has a real chance.

Vocational training: 165 young people started their training in in-demand trades: cooks, bakers, pastry chefs, tailors, welders, printers, butchers and hairdressers. Furthermore, they are learning the basic knowledge required to start and manage a business.

Political participation: Thanks to our collective efforts, local communities tripled the amount of money spent on children's rights issues between 2012 and 2013. A total of 202 children and young people successfully completed our "school for human rights", a workshop that conveys the principles of democracy, social values, children's rights and health issues.

The children shared their knowledge with some 2,000 peers in 37 different schools. With the help of two newly elected "children's governments", similar groups comprised by children and young adults were launched in ten communities. The groups submit petitions to local committees and institutions on issues that affect their age groups. They have already achieved a great deal, including an office for children and young adults, financed with community funds, and a larger community budget for issues that concern children such as health, education, protection and recreational activities.

Children's issues in the media: Thirty-eight young people completed a media course. Project staff members were able to place 48 reports on children's rights in local newspapers in addition to TV and radio broadcasts.

Outlook

In 2015, we intend to help set up children's governments in three additional villages. By the time the project ends in 2015, the goal is for all beneficiaries to have promising career prospects.

Project No. 80034

Our objective: Realising children's rights

Our objective: Realising children's rights

Any interventions aimed at a long-term positive impact on children's lives must contribute to realising and safeguarding their rights. This is the focus of our work, both in Germany and abroad.

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How we promote education

How we promote education

Some 57 million children worldwide are still unable to attend school. Each of these children is in danger of being drawn into a vicious cycle of inadequate educational opportunities and abject poverty. We have made education the main focus of our work.

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