Working Children’s Project
The long-term goal of this project is to complement and consolidate existing local services for disadvantaged children and reduce the number of children leaving school and working in the market. The objectives are:
- To provide safe places where children can come and rest, incorporating a high sense of ownership by the children on how the centre runs.
- To facilitate working children to return to school, and provide ongoing liaison with parents, the Ministry of Education and schools.
- To provide educational assistance for working children who attend school, through additional classes to prepare for exams and through continuous home work support.
- To provide literacy, numeracy and vocational training for children unable to return to school.
- To facilitate children to improve their self-esteem, enable them to find solutions to their problems and fulfil their potential.
- To provide recreational and sport activities.
- To provide basic medical care to working children.
- To provide legal assistance to children in conflict with the law and to increase awareness of the law amongst working children.
- To strengthen the local education system, so that teachers are more equipped to deal with children who have different learning styles and difficultly in learning.
- To increase the knowledge of the underlying cause and key issues of working street children and raise awareness of child rights.
- Increase and enhance the capacity of personnel working within the Ministry of Labour and social affairs to provide child protection services.
- Increase and enhance the capacity of teachers and personnel working within the Ministry of Education (MOE).
- Increase the level of awareness amongst Local Ministries, civil servants, other organisations and parents about the needs and rights of children.