May 12, 2006
Creating Hope and Opportunity for Bolivia’s Youth Through Training Like many of El Alto’s youth and young adults, Elena Mamani had lost all hope of finding employment. With most of its 800,000 inhabitants living below the poverty line, the city of El Alto is characterized by high unemployment, poor public services, delinquency and social unrest. Elena, who left school at the age of seven and is unable to read or write, could barely make ends meet with her unemployed husband and four children. A radio message promoting CHF International’s vocational training program last December, however, transformed Elena’s life. As many as 750 youth, who, like Elena, have traditionally been excluded from the labor market based on gender, a lack of education and for being indigenous, have benefited... Read more
Apr 29, 2006
CHF and USAID Celebrate One-Year Successes of Economic Opportunity Center in Tajikistan A CHF International program providing Tajik youths with newfound employment opportunities and tangible alternatives to conflict has just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Economic Opportunity Center (EOC) in the city of Isfara. The EOC in Isfara is a critical component of CHF’s Alternatives to Conflict in Tajikistan (ACT) program, which has been made possible by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The center in Isfara, along with a separate EOC in Istaravshan District, serves as a hub for all ACT program services. ACT is an innovative, market-oriented initiative addressing social tensions, by providing greater economic opportunities to... Read more
Mar 03, 2006
ACCESS-MENA Success Stories from Yemen Alternatives to Combat Child Labor through Education and Sustainable Services in the Middle East and North Africa (ACCESS-MENA) is a four-year program that specifically aims to decrease the number of young children working and increase their numbers in school. A range of efforts are focused on addressing both the direct and indirect causes that are exposing children to the worst forms of child labor in Yemen and Lebanon. ACCESS-MENA is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Below are some success stories from Yemen. Rougaya Dewi, age 11 Rougaya had spent the last year out of school for a year and working in at home agriculture and domestic labor to help her mother. Since her home has neither running water nor a gas stove, a considerable... Read more
Sep 26, 2005
Socio-Psychologists Focus on Schoolchildren’s Behavior By Elham Hassan, Yemen Observer Newspaper SANA’A - Can a teacher become a friend of his or her students, listen to their problems and give them advice? Can he or she dispense with the cane, for so long the first and last recourse in punishing children, and replace it with sticker stars or other forms of positive reward? Alternatives to Combat Child Labor through Education & Sustainable Services in Middle East and North Africa (ACCESS-MENA-YEMENL) organized a socio-psychological training courses in which more then 60 male and female psycho-social specialists, basic education teachers, school headmasters and educationalists in the govern orates of Hajja, Abean and Ibb took part, from September 4 to7. The ACCESS-MENA-YEMENL... Read more
May 27, 2005
Experts Say Free and Mandatory Education a 'Must' for Children Child welfare groups stress need for change in schools By Jessy Chahine, Daily Star BEIRUT: Free and mandatory education is a "must" for every child regardless of his or her background, experts agreed Thursday during a press conference at the Holiday Inn aimed at "spreading the word" on the issue's importance. Jointly organized by the Lebanese Union for Child Welfare (LUCW), the Rene Mouawad Foundation (RMF) and CHF International, a development organization, the conference's attendees gathered several education experts and educators. Jimmy Williams, regional advisor for the UN's Save the Children program in the Middle East and North Africa, said: "The four themes of this conference: quality, costs, inclusion and dropouts... Read more
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