Masters of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights

Posted on 26 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Children, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Found in a recent issue of the Disabled Peoples International electronic newsletter:

“Applicants are needed for the 2009-2010 Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights (MCR), an interdisciplinary part-time postgraduate programme in children’s rights, which is jointly organized by the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Sion and the University of Fribourg, both in Switzerland.

Program begins 16 February 2009 and the deadline for applications is 15 September 2008. Contact Sarah Bruchez through the website at http://www.iukb.ch/index.php?id=63

It is not clear from their web site to what extent the program will include content on the unique needs and situation of children with disabilities, or the unique needs of children in developing countries. Nor is it clear how well the program will accommodate the needs of participants with disabilities. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained: it is my hope that We Can Do readers with an interest in the human rights of children with disabilities will follow the link to the web page for the Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights and inquire directly with Sarah Bruchez in regard to these questions:

Sarah Bruchez, Programme Secretary
Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB)
MAS in Children’s Rights
P.O. Box 4176 – CH-1950 Sion 4
Tel. +41 (27) 205 73 00
Fax +41 (27) 205 73 01
Email: mcr@iukb.ch

I would be interested in learning of the experience of We Can Do readers with this program; feel free to share in the comments area further below.



Quoted text borrowed from DPI Newsletter; Sarah Bruchez’s contact information taken from Masters of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights’ website.

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JOB POST: General Manager, Intl Programs, Cambodia

Posted on 14 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Children, East Asia Pacific Region, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

POSITION: Asia with Save the Children Australia, Cambodia based
Deadline: July 25, 2008

RESPONSIBLE TO: General Manager, International Programs
LOCATION TO: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
DURATION: Two year position pending visa approvals
 
CONTEXT
Save the Children Australia (SCA) is a non-profit, non governmental, non sectarian organisation dedicated to upholding the rights reflected in UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  Our programs focus on long-term development and promoting children’s rights, to ensure children have the means for survival, receive protection, and have access to nutrition, primary health care and basic education.  Our mode of operation emphasises capacity building and local partnerships, encourages children’s participation and is responsive to emerging trends identified by partners, communities and government agencies in the region.  SCA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, which is the largest global movement for children.
 
Save the Children Australia manages child-centred development programs, working in a child rights programming framework, in seven countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea (with SCNZ), Vanuatu and in Australia. Sectoral experience includes: health, education, child protection, child participation, youth development, HIV/AIDS and juvenile justice. 

SCA has been working in the Mekong region for 25 years and in Bangladesh since 1987. We have country offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Laos, and projects in Vietnam and Myanmar.  Projects  are diverse and vary in size, with donors including the Asia Development Bank, AusAID, UNICEF, the Global Fund and other member of the Save the Children Alliance, in addition to SCA’s own funds. Current and potential focus areas include child rights and advocacy, child protection, youth outreach, HIV/AIDS, health, basic education and community development.

JOB PURPOSE
The Regional Director Asia is responsible for developing and delivering SCA’s portfolio of development programs in Asia to maximise our impact on realising the rights of vulnerable children. A key focus of the role is to lead the strategic direction of the Programs in Asia consistent with SCA’s strategic plan and to develop and enhance strong links with key stakeholders including governments, communities and other SC Alliance members.  In addition, the role will provide strong leadership to the Country Directors (CDs) who are based in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Laos and the International Program Team based in Melbourne. 

As part of the International Save the Children Alliance move towards one Save the Children presence in each operational country the Regional Director Asia will play a key role in supporting country teams in the transition to Unified Presence.
 
The position will require regular travel within the region, sometimes at short notice, as well as travel to Australia.
 
This position is a National Office position based in Cambodia.

KEY OBJECTIVES
Strategic Direction
 

  • Ensure the SCA organizational strategic plan is implemented in the Asia region.
  • Lead the country strategic and annual planning process in each of the programs and monitor implementation of the plan.
  • Advise on strategic direction for SCA in the Asian region, in consultation with Country Directors, taking into account SCA’s policies and strategic plan and SC Alliance strategic plan.
  • Work closely with other Save the Children Alliance members in the region, fostering collaborative working relationships, and strengthening common program directions.
  • Act as a member of the Country Leadership Group (CLG) in countries where a Unified Presence is implemented and support country teams through the process of organizational change.

Read more information about this job post at:
http://cambodiajobs.blogspot.com/2008/07/regional-director-asia-with-save.html  



This announcement was recently circulated on the AsiaPacificDisability email discussion group, which focuses on discussion of issues related to people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region.

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REPORT: Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities

Posted on 5 March 2008. Filed under: Children, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Innocenti Research Center at UNICEF has released an Innocenti Digest on Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities (PDF format, 875 Kb). The 80-page publication examines the situation of 200 million children with disabilities around the world and identifies ways to promote their human rights.

The digest particularly focuses on two relevant international human rights treaties: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It is written from the social model perspective, which acknowledges that many of the barriers that prevent disabled people from participating in society are in the environment and not inherent to the impairment.

Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities (PDF format, 875 Kb) gives an overview of the difference between “inclusion” and “integration”; the social model of disability; the numbers of children with disabilities; disability and poverty.

A section on International Standards and Mechanisms explains the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The digest examines the specific implications of each of these instruments for protecting the rights of children with disabilities. It also briefly discusses the Millennium Development Goals.

The chapter on The Human Rights of Children with Disabilities Today describes the different ways that both direct and indirect discrimination and exclusion push children with disabilities away from health, rehabilitation, and educational services and into poverty and institutions. This chapter explains how the CRC and the CRPD can be used to improve access to the services children with disabilities need to stay out of poverty and stay with their own family in the community where they live. Special attention is given to violence, abuse, and exploitation, and to children with disabilities in conflict (war) and emergency situations.

The chapter on Foundations for Inclusion makes recommendations for how to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities within families, within communities, and at school.

The chapter, Ensuring a Supportive Environment, makes recommendations for relevant policy and legislation, budget allocation, monitoring, and international and regional partnerhsips. It emphasizes the need for working with people with disabilities, for raising public awareness, and changing attitudes toward people with disabilities.

The appendix lists international organizations involved with disability issues, either as their main focus or as one sub-specializalization. The full text of the CRPD is also provided.

The full report can be downloaded in PDF format (875 Kb) at:

http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/digest13-disability.pdf



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Calling All Children and Youth: The CRPD for Young People

Posted on 22 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Children, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

UNICEF is calling all young people to share their ideas for the child-friendly text of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention is an agreement between countries to make sure that children and adults with disabilities are treated fairly and in the same ways as same as other people. UNICEF wants young people to know about it.

UNICEF has launched an online discussion. This discussion gives young people the opportunity to comment on the child-friendly text. Your contribution will help to put the Convention into the hands of children and young people. This way they will know what governments have promised to do to make sure that every child with disability has what he/she needs to grow, play, participate and go to school, and to reach its full potential as others. The discussion is continuing from now until November 9, 2007.

At the UNICEF web site, you can download the “child-friendly” text of the convention in PDF or in Word. If you are a facilitator conducting a focus group, then you can also downloand a Facilitator’s Guide.

You can also answer questions that ask what you thought about the child-friendly text and how it can be made better so that children and young people will understand it. Your answers can be entered at the UNICEF web site or via email to voy@unicef.org.

For more details, follow the link to http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php


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