Projects

NO CHILD RIGHTS WITHOUT THEIR PARTICIPATION 

The project is aimed to straighten the capacity of child rights coalitions in Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia trough exchange visits sharing knowledge for better advocacy at national level.

The project is implemented by the Child protection Network and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

INSPIRE ARMENIA

The project is aimed at promotion of INSPIRE strategies in Armenia by the adaptation, translate and promotion of INSPIRE strategies.

The project is implemented in cooperation with a “Share Love not Violence Partnership”, which is the Ending Violence Against Children in Armenia campaign with the financial support of the New Ventures Fund.

The project duration is  6 months, it was started in January 15, 2019.

The following activities have been implemented within the project framework:

Visibility materials, such as infographics, visual summaries will be printed to facilitate access to and understanding of INSPIRE; (as well as Create customized advocacy materials for each target group (including, but not limited to videos, publications, brochures) The advocacy materials reflect concerns which are relevant for all coalition members or from a group that has a clear vision for the advocacy activity to be carried on)(PPT Presentation, Infografics and other visibility materials).

  • A presentation of the INSPIRE and open-space workshops was planned to be organized, however, by the evaluation of the awareness of professionals on INSPIRE strategies in the regions from one side and the development of National action plan initiated by the RA Government (ministry of Justice) it was decided to modify the format of meetings and to organize awareness raising actions and discussing the possible actions that can be implemented following the strategies. And instead of development of Local actions plans local recommendations were collected to contribute to the national action plan on INSPIRE implementation. In addition to planned 11 regional meetings two two-day training of trainers with 45 participants from the regions of Armenia were organized on “Families make difference” INSPIRE strategy.
  • Child protection regional conference aiming to present INSPIRE strategies to the key actors and decision makers. As an output of the conference recommendations to action plan for INSPIRE implementation was worked out and applied to the Government.

Outputs:

  • “Families make difference” INSPIRE package is translated and adapted to the national peculiarities.
  • 11 one-day workshops aimed at INSPIRE presentation and development of recommendations to the national action plan (254 participants)
  • One regional Conference dedicated to the presentation of the INSPIRE
  • 1000 printed handouts, visibility materials and infographics shared among professionals in local and National level
  • One video presenting the INSPIRE as a tool for Child protection.
  • 299 participants in open-space workshops, conference
  • Developed recommendations pack for the National Action plan on INSPIRE implementation initated by the Government.

 Added value

 The Child Protection Network in cooperation with the World Vision Armenia (which is one of the EVAC coalition members) will ensure the piloting of the adapted strategy in one of the RA regions after the project’s end with its own budget and professional resources. The other members of the Coalition and the Network will implement INSPIRE in their parenting schools and family focused interventions.

 

START- Supporting Toddlers/pre-schoolers Achievement through Refined Teaching

The project is initiated by the Agroinvest Serbia by the and implemented with the financial assistance of the World Vision Germany

Project duration is 22 months, started from January 2019

Overall objective of the project is to support quality early childhood development in the Wider Black Sea region

Specific objectives are:

  • To increase evidence-based, bottom up (CSOs-led) approach and access to knowledge repository and practice among key stakeholders (teachers/practitioners’, parents, learners) in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in 6 countries (Serbia, Albania, Kosovo,* Bosnia, Armenia and Georgia)
  • To raise awareness on the regional and national levels on the importance, equity, equality and accessibility of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in 6 countries

Project key outputs:

  • Online START platform;
  • Learning content for START platform developed; public: guidance for parents – home learning: guide for parents on how to support early development whose children are not enrolled in the kindergarten; downloadable & printable educational materials for parents;
  • educational and informational texts for parents on development stages; set of easy understandable tips & steps on parenting; peer-to-peer exchange experiences and guidance for teachers/practitioners and CSOs on applying diversified support ECEC programmes:
  • guide for practitioners – how to develop diversified support program in situations where lot of children are not enrolled in kindergarten; guide on diversified programs based on best practices sharing; downloadable & printable educational materials for teachers; peer-topeer exchange experiences (teachers to teachers); set of easy understandable tips & steps on teaching ( teachers to teachers horizontal learning / knowledge exchange); closed content collaborative tools: membership room where parents and teachers are exchanging their experiences; downloadable & printable know-how materials for teachers and CSOs.
  • Outreach Strategy creation (including on reaching out to the vulnerable families);
  • National Thematic ECEC Working Groups established;
  • ECEC WGs have the knowledge and skills to implement the activity and advocacy plan;
  • Networks and relevant ECEC stakeholders benefit from knowledge. experience and best practice gained in different ECEC systems and settings;
  • National policy briefs.

To raise awareness on current child protection system reforms among professionals – February 1, 2018

The project is dedicated to raise awareness on current child protection system reforms among professionals working in Aragatsotn, Vayoc dzor, Tavush, Shirak, Gegharkuniq, Kotayq marzes.

Target group of the project are:

– Child Protection Units (CPUs)
– guardianship and Trusteeship Committees (GTCs)
– Police
– Civil society organizations dealing with child and family protection issues
– Psychologists, case managers, others who work directly with children/families
– Media

Final beneficiary will be general public.
In 2017 AASW conducted a survey on attitude of RA citizens on CP reforms. 41% of the citizens (approximately 450 people) has concerns on family-type of alternatives for the children. Via this project the general public will be aware of the reforms by knowing from the services they are provided, as well as media.

Outputs and results of the projects are:

  1. To develop handouts for professionals on CP current reforms in Armenia. The user-friendly handout includes information on:
    – Child Protection System in Armenia
    – Need of current reforms
    – Deinstitutionalisation as a component of current reforms
    – Family type of alternatives (guardianship, adoption, foster care)
    – Day-care centres as alternatives
    – Distribution of roles and responsibilities of players and cooperation&networking
    2. To produce a short film about CP current reforms in Armenia.
  2. To implement half-day round-table meeting among professionals.

 

Supporting the improvement of provision of social services to the three models of alternative family care in Armenia- 2017-2018

Objectives of the Action:
1. To obtain a comprehensive understanding on provision and accessibility of social services provided to target families in Armavir and Tavush regions to support reforms in social protection and family preservation mechanisms,
2. To advocate for the improvement of social services provided to target families at local, regional, and national levels,
3. To engage stakeholders in acting together for the strengthening of alternative family care models in target regions,
4. To reinforce the role of FPA to serve as a common ground for parents of target families in peer-learning and family preservation, to provide needs-based family support services, to introduce and promote the concept of alternative family care models in the target regions,
5. To equip foster, guardian, adoptive parents, as well as parents with children in child care institutions with skills in dealing with foster/guardian/adoptive/separated children,
6. To create a support system within the communities for the establishment of alternative family care models in the target regions.

The above-mentioned Action objectives  are reached with close cooperation of ACPN, FPA and other NGO actors in the field.  The Action objectives also promoted CSO role in supporting family preservation, avocation for  models of alternative family care and provision of social services.

 

United Voices for Children 2015-2017

The project ‘United Voices for Children’ is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through World Vision Germany and AgroInvest Serbia. The project partners are 7 ChildPact members (or organizations who act on behalf of the non-registered members) from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, and Serbia.

The project aims to contribute to child well-being, protection and rights through strengthening civil society. Civil society has the expertise and the mission to solve the complexities that inhibit progress and the government has the ability to finance and scale effective interventions. As a part of civil society, regional coalitions of NGOs, strengthened and united under ChildPact, will make use of their expertise and joint power to monitor and influence government action on behalf of vulnerable children.

Expected results:

  1. Increased visibility and operational & financial sustainability of the child protection networks; 2. Better policy monitoring by implementing a Child Protection Index;
  2. Increased capacity to influence child protection reforms through policy recommendations and advocacy initiatives.

One of the main activities of the project is creation of an evidence base for advocacy and policy engagement by developing a Child Protection Index in each participating country. The Index will capacitate national coalitions to build policy recommendations based on regional snapshots and national comparisons. Index is a comparative policy tool made of 626 indicators– that looks at those UNCRC articles that are the most relevant for the vulnerable children. The results from each country level index illustrate each government’s actions towards child protection through the lens of policy, service delivery, capacity, accountability and coordination.

  

Towards the draft General Comment on Article 24 of the CRPD – a European

Perspective 2016

Armenian Child Protection Network in partnership with Inclusion Europe NGO has launched a project on Contributing towards General Comment on Article 24 of the Convention of the Rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) funded by Open Society Foundations. The leading organization is Inclusion Europe NGO in partnership with Child Protection Network, Armenia; Sumero, B&H; Rytmus, Czech Republic; Inclusion Netherlands, the Netherlands; Down Madrid, Spain.

The activities of the project include;

  • provision of comments on the draft General Comment
  • organization of a side event at the CRPD Committee session in April 2016.

Project aims at mobilizing the national civil society in the selected project countries (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Spain and the Netherlands) to contribute towards informing the CRPD about situations in their respective countries regarding inclusive education, with a European perspective provided through the involvement of Inclusion Europe. The involved organizations will contribute to the CRPD Committee discussion in terms of national experiences when it comes to inclusive education of people with intellectual disabilities. They will pursue an aim to convince the CRPD Committee that issues of inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into mainstream education merit to be singled out and particularly recognized in the General Comment, ensuring full inclusion of all people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream education, and finally recommending that dual educational systems and special schools for children with disabilities need to be abandoned.

 

Together for Children 2014

The project ‘Together for Children’ was financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Romanian Official Development Assistance, and implemented by UNDP – BRC (the United Nations Development Program – Bratislava Regional Centre), and by the partners: World Vision Romania, the Romanian Federation for NGOs for Child (FONPC), NGO Alliance for Children’s Rights Azerbaijan, the Armenian Child Protection Network, the Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare (GCCYW) and the Moldavian Alliance of Active NGOs in the field of social protection of family and child (APSCF).

The project aimed to contribute to reforming the child protection systems in the partner countries by reinforcing the capacities of child-focused national coalitions of NGOs.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Create customized advocacy materials for each partner country (including, but not limited to videos, publications, brochures). The advocacy materials reflect concerns which are relevant for all coalition members or from a group that has a clear vision for the advocacy activity to be carried on.
  • Organise parliamentary hearings and high-level meetings to advocate for child protection reform. The parliamentary hearings / events are instances to allow the national coalitions to formulate and disseminate their policy positions at the highest possible levels and attract visibility to their causes.
  • Organise a 4-day study visit to Romania to discuss regional reforms in the child protection system and share Romanian lessons during this process. At the end of the exchange activities a 1/2-day seminar open to the wider child protection community in Romania was organised to share lessons learned and promote joint advocacy messages.
  • Create a mentoring program to share lessons learned during the Romanian transition and EU integration process. The mentoring program was addressed to young leaders in child-focused NGOs in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova.
  • Organise the General Assembly of each national coalition. General assemblies of national coalitions are fundamental instruments in ensuring the coalitions’ good governance, the ultimate decision-making body.