Creating a sustainable safe school environment: Stopping child exploitation through education

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

If you have a background in education or social work, you are passionate to work with youth and pre-school children, and you like giving workshops on health, education and human rights this project could be of interest for you. This GLEN project takes place within an education training centre, aiming at providing a safe educational environment while strengthening youth and children’s rights. You should be creative to organize youth and pre-school activities and have computer skills in order to support computer classes. The participants will gain knowledge about the multiplier effects that the education and empowerment of women has on local communities in developing countries.

The educational center of the host organization Somero Uganda is located in Kawempe, a marginalized district in Kampala with limited public social services. The Somero center is well integrated in the community and serves as an important meeting point in the Kawempe district for young people. The organization has twelve full-time employees and a number of local volunteers. The partner organization, Somero e.V. in Germany, consists of 15 volunteers.

Somero Uganda aims at ensuring education and training for a self-determined and self-sufficient life of children and young women through local educational institutions and peer educators. The organization is promoting and protecting human rights of children and young women affected by sex labour and exploitation. They reach this through education, skills training, livelihood and reproductive health initiatives.

During your internship, you will work in the Somero Centre Education Department. The project aims at strengthening educational opportunities and providing scholastic materials. It supports in building life skills, engages in advocacy and provides teacher training on child friendly approaches. Your task is to contribute to the trainings and the pre-school children activities. In addition, networking with schools as well as cooperating with Somero education partners and governmental institutions are among your tasks. Moreover, you support to establish the child play unit. You will participate in supporting advocacy work and promote awareness building. Furthermore, you are involved in planning and conducting workshops for teachers on child protection and safe school environments. You will train students regarding good leadership, human rights and health issues and organize and conduct child care and protection workshops with community members. Along with that, you will propose and implement income generating projects and identify global education opportunities and networks.  Finally, you will participate in providing early childhood development lessons, develop new teaching materials and support Somero in fundraising.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between mid-July and mid-October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem, formed by a Polish and a German participant, will collaborate with a participant from Uganda, so that you will work in a team of three.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Education, Youth and Childcare, Labour and Employment

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Education/Teaching, IT/Web design

Field(s) of study: Social Sciences, Computer Sciences, Pedagogy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Education/Teaching, IT/Web design

Period of the internship: 3 months between mid-July and mid-October 2017

Country: Uganda

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Somero Uganda

Classification of the internship in the development fields:

Number of the internship: 50004002-1123


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