children on the move
This email has just come in from our wonderful able colleauges at the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD), addressed to our Children on the Move program (which for the moment is sadly not nearly as active a one wouel like. Problem of time and resources, and neither of importance nor lack of desire on our part to do this and do it well.)
I was sure that a number of you would wish to know about their program, and perhaps you may have some ideas or support for them as well. If so, it would be kind if you would post them both to this list and to email@example.com as well.
Finally, if anyone out there would like to give us a hand in getting the Children on the Move program at http://www.ecoplan.org/children/index-bis.htm into gear, that would be wonderful. I think that we have a sound base here, but we will need tome help to build on it and make it work as well as we are managing in others of the areas of sustainable development and social justice that we are addressing here.
From: Priyanthi [mailto:priyanthi.fernando@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 5:18 PM
Subject: children on the move
I have just come across this website, and thought that you might be interested in an initiative that I have been really excited to be part of.
Initiated by Dr Gina Porter and colleagues from the University of Durham, supported by DFID, and carried out in collaboration with the Concerned for Working Children in Bangalore, the South African National Forum Group of the IFRTD and its host organisation the CSIR and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, the programme to improve policy on children’s mobility and access through the development of a participatory child-centred field methodology aims to empower children to collect and use information about their own transport needs.
The Concerned for Working Children (CWC), who have been working with children in Karnataka for many years, demonstrated to us the importance of not just making child-friendly decisions, but actually allowing children to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. CWC point out that this is their right, given to them by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, to which most national governments have signed up to. CWC facilitated a workshop with 29 children from three villages in Karnataka, where, over five days, the children used their knowledge of their transport problems to develop a research framework and pilot test three tools for conducting research into the problems.
These three tools, a transect walk, focus group discussions and mapping access and mobility for different children were field tested by the children in one panchayat. CWC will continue to work with the children, and will also help colleagues in Ghana and South Africa to replicate the process.
- More information about the project can be obtained from Dr Gina Porter r.e.porter@...
- An overview of the workshop can also be found on www.ifrtd.org/new/news/full.php
I think there is an exciting opportunity for there to be a link between the Children on the Move work, and the work described above. I am not sure how many children are actually involved in Children on the Move (I found it a little difficult to navigate the site), but there is considerable room to involve kids both from the developed and developing world in interacting through the internet and discussing their mobility problems or sharing experiences. I am copying this to my colleagues so we can begin to move this idea forward.
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International Forum for Rural Transport and Development(IFRTD)
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The IFRTD is a global network of individuals and organisations working together towards improved access and mobility for the rural poor in developing countries