Quality education for children and youth of indigenous Quechua people in the Potosí region
Project title: Quality education for poor children and youth in the Potosi region, Bolivia
Project start-end: 01.01.2020-31.12.2022
Partner: Acción Andina de Educación/AAE
Budget: 2,750,000 DKK
The project aims to provide children and youth with linguistic, cultural and vocational competences enabling them to break out of poverty and engage in social life as active and equal citizens of Bolivia.
The project’s primary target group is children and youth of the indigenous Quechua-people living in villages in four municipalities in the Potosí region, which is one of the poorest regions in the Bolivian highland.
Three main focus areas are designed to facilitate the achievement of the project goal: (1) of quality education; (2) socio-productive agricultural projects ,and (3) initiatives to retain young people in education.
The bilingual intra- and intercultural education program to be developed by the project includes early childhood and primary education for children aged 4 to 12 years as well as middle school and high school education for girls and boys aged 13 to 18 years.
The education program aims to provide children and youth with language skills in Quechua and Spanish and intra- and intercultural competences.
Further, the intervention will develop socio-productive agro-projects supporting children, youth and their families in achieving sustainable livelihoods.
Development of socio-productive projects is a crucial part of Bolivia’s Education Law L070 and it aims to make education more contextual and de-academize curriculum to the benefit of more vocational skills of relevance to craft and agriculture.
In addition, the socio-productive projects are meant to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty among the participants and thus counteract youth migration to urban centres.
Climate change in the region calls for introduction of new crops and/or innovative cultivation methods and agricultural innovation will be at the core of agricultural socio-productive projects.
Education programs for the youth will include vocational guidance and teaching of rights with a particular focus on how girls’ rights are properly revered.
In collaboration with the youth and the local communities the project aims to run boarding facilities in the larger villages in order to provide youth, especially girls, from the smaller villages with reel opportunities to enroll in high school.
New Basic Education - Tibetans -in-Exile
CICED Support to Education for Tibetans-in-Exilie
Project title: CICED Support to Education for Tibetans-in-Exile.
Project start-end: 1.07.2018-30.06.2021
Partner: Central Tibetan Administration/Department of Education, Dharamsala, India
Budget: 6,000,000 DKK
Since 1992 Denmark has supported the Tibetan Community-in-Exile in India.
The overall purpose of the support is to contribute to the preservation of Tibetan culture and the democratization of the Tibetan Community-in-Exile.
Since 2006, Danish assistance is designed to support the Central Tibetan Administration-in-Exile (CTA) and its Department of Education (DoE) in implementing the Basic Education Policy (BEP), which aims at “developing a system of education having Tibetan traditional education as the core, and modern education as its essential co-partner”.
The present project focusses on the fundamental right to education for all Tibetans and the preservation of Tibetan cultural and educational heritage and the Tibetan language.
The project supports the implementation of the BEP in all schools under the CTA/DoE authority and consolidate the capacity required to ensure sustainability and the continuous development of education quality in schools for Tibetans in the Exile Community.
Focus in on improved teacher education, continued curriculum development, development of teaching and learning materials and improved school infrastructure including physical improvements and supply of ICT equipment.
A main focus is also to continue the publication and terminology standardization programme to ensure that the standardized Tibetan language is used by teachers and students.
Finally, focus will be on supporting that more students will continue secondary education within vocational education and training.
The project is in line with Denmark’s new strategy “The World 2030”, and it especially addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals No. 4 Quality Education and No 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions.
Better School Start - Better School Life
Home-based early chilldhood education & better dormitories
Project title: Better School Start - Better School Life
Project start-end: 1.10.2019-30.09.2022
Partner: Mongolian Association for Primary and Secondary School Development/MAPSSD -
Budget: 2,750,000 DKK
This new joint MAPSSD-CICED project has two main goals:
One, to support home-based early childhood education for children of pastoralist families. Children who have no opportunities of going to kindergarten.
Two, to support better and more family-like care and conditions in dormitories.
The project runs for three years starting 1 October 2019 and ending September 2022. It is financed by the Danish CISU – the organisation administering DANIDA funding for NGOs. The project budget is 2,750,000 Danish Kroners, approximately 1,000,000,000 tügrig.
During its first year of implementation the 62 local branches of MAPSSD will in close collaboration with local authorities identify families to be involved in the home-based early childhood education program.
Parents will be introduced to the program and arrangements for proper support and collaboration will be drafted.
Existing learning materials will be identified, and new materials guidelines will be developed. Among the materials to be recommended will be traditional as well as modern games that enhance, for example children’s motor skills, language proficiency, creative, and rational thinking.
The current situations in dormitories will also be analyzed and plans will be drafted for improving the conditions towards a family-like, child friendly caring and learning atmosphere.
Following training of early childhood education facilitators and dormitory teachers from November 2019 to April 2020 and regional workshops in August 2020 all branches will engage in full scale implementation of the project activities.
At the end of the project
- Home-based early childhood education program is in sustainable operation in all 62 soums/local branches.
- Up to 80% of all pastoralist families and more than 2000 children have been involved in the homebased early childhood education program.
- 80% of dormitories of the involved soums/local branches have improved their social, cultural and learning conditions, and dormitories are more family-like and caring accommodations for children.
- Funding is secured for continued home-based early childhood education, and for retaining and further improving the dormitory conditions.
Giving children and youth a chance
Project title: CICED support to Children's Ger
Project start-end: 1.01.2011-ongoing
Partner: Children's Ger, Bayankhoshuu, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Budget: approx. DKK 40,000 per year
Since its inception in 1997, Children's Ger has provided schooling to over 1,200 children and young people who would otherwise not have attended school. 'Ger' is the name of the traditional Mongolian felt tent, which has housed the Mongol nomads for centuries. Dozens of extremely poor and vulnerable families have been assisted through the project to move forward in life.
The project was originally established on a private initiative in a Mongolian-German collaboration, in response to the large amount of street children in Ulaanbaatar in the 1990es.
Children's Ger is located in the Bayankhoshuu district in western Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. It is one of the poorest areas of the capital with high unemployment and alcoholism as well as many rural migrants seeking refuge in the city in the hope of better living conditions.
There are up to several public schools in the area, but the rules for admission to school are strictly followed. That is, one must have all the papers in order, preferably a passport. The parents, often single mothers, do not have the necessary papers. The passport may have disappeared during relocation or sold for a bottle of vodka!
Many children and young people migrating from rural areas have not attended normal schooling either. For example, they are 13 years old, but only went to school for 2-3 years. The public schools do not accept entrance to the third grade when you should be in seventh. Some of the students in Children's Ger are over 20 years old when they start learning to read, write and calculate.
Unfortunately, many of the poorest children are sometimes almost bullied out of public school. Not by their classmates, but by some teachers. The public schools are overcrowded. Many teachers work in shifts. Money is missing for everything. Teachers are assessed on the basis of students' performances. The poorest, especially newcomers, are often behind. Teachers try to reduce the number of students in their classes. The poorest are bullied out first.
Or they simply cannot afford to go to school. Teaching from 1-12. class is basically free. At a number of schools, teachers often charge monthly payments for a range of things.
They are not allowed to do so, but no one protests, because it can lead to exclusion from tests and exams or other reprisals. A monthly charge may add up to the equivalent of 100-150 kroner. The poorest families simply cannot afford it.
That's why Children's Ger is needed. Here the poorest students and families are welcome.
CICED has established a Social Family Fund to support the most disadvantaged children and adolescents associated with Children's Ger.
Ryparken Lille Skole and other schools in the Copenhagen area have used the annual sports day (Skolernes Motionsdag) to raise money for Children's Ger. Since many years, Ryparken Lille Skole is in a friendship/partner school relationship with Children’s Ger and every year students and parents have collect money for Children’s Ger. Money that makes it possible for Children’s Ger to provide students with daily meals, medicine and health care, regular visits to the public bath, books and winter clothes.
Years back Roskilde Festival's Foundation financed the basketball-ball court and the construction of a protective wall around the school and its playground.
Youth on the Centre Stage_Nepal
Youth making a difference - creating futures
Project title: Putting Youth on the Centre Stage
Project start-end: 01.03.2018-30.11.2019
Partner: JUST Nepal Foundation
Budget: 400,000 DKK
Putting Youth on Centre Stage seeks to facilitate the mobilisation and empowerment of Nepali youth to participate in the country’s social and economic development processes and actively participate in its governance.
The project area Sindhupalchok has been seriously affected by war, girl trafficking, youth migration and earthquake.
While 60 percent of Nepal’s population are below 25 years of age, cultural traditions, gender bias, and cast hierarchies effectively prevents the majority of youth from participation in politics and democratic conversations as well as key parts of economic life.
The project will address this imbalance by offering 4 progressive youth leadership camps for 90 youths, facilitate community mobilisation and entrepreneurship activities in the field, carry out a youth festival targeting more than 2000 visitors and encourage exchange of images of democracy between Nepali and Danish youth.
The project will use social media for knowledge sharing and systematically store and critically evaluate experience for future interventions.
It corresponds to SDGs 1,4,5,8,10,11,16 & 17.
Micro-credits, Helambu, Nepal
Small inputs making a difference
Project title: Micro-credits for youth in Helambu, Nepal
Project start-end: 01.03.2019-ongoing
Partner: JUST Nepal Foundation
Budget: 70,000 DK
During the youth camps under the project 'Putting Youth on the Centre Stage' it was clear that several participants had great ideas about how to make a good living for their families and themselves. However, some seed funding was missing. Not a lot of money, typically around 1000 USD to get started.
Inpsired by the energy and good ideas emerging from the youth camps CICED decided to earmark 70,000 DKK of our saving to micro-credit arrangements for youth in the Helambu region.
So far (end 2019) micro-credits were given to six different projects. All loans were repaid on time.