|AVSI presents at conference in Rwanda: Families vital to stop violence against children|
|Thursday, 26 January 2012 18:48|
Rita Larok, an experienced member of the AVSI Uganda staff, was invited to give a presentation at a recent regional conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on stopping violence against children. The conference was organized by the Rwandan Ministry of Families in conjunction with UNICEF.
Larok’s presentation described AVSI’s approach which considers the family and its network of relationships as the center when designing programs and implementing activities. This starting point is based on the fact that “the human being defines him/herself in relationship to another, and the family is a human shelter woven by those relationships and belonging.”
Thus, the family proves to be an asset and the first line of protection and education for children. It embodies the receptive environment for AVSI activities which aim to promote safe, happy children through the increased awareness and responsibility of parents and adults in the community. Activities which have shown success over the years include as trainings on positive parenting, use of parents as trainers (peer educators), creation of parents’ committees to actively engage with schools so that formal education develops and complements the education received at home in the community, as well as parent initiatives to make school uniforms or other materials in support of local children.
Larok’s report ended with some data showing the correlation between family conditions and child well-being from an evaluation of 1,167 participants of AVSI’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children programs in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. For more information, see the .pdf of the full publication at the link below.