Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, covers 800,000m2, and is home to 132,000 residents. Over half are children, adolescents and young people who face high levels of poverty, social and economic exclusion and a scarcity of public services. The Trafigura Foundation is one of the foundations that supports the NGO Fight for Peace which helps to give these young people more options through the provision of education. Over the course of three years, the ‘New Pathways’ education project sees 140 young people aged 18 to 29-years-old who have been at least two years without studying, engage in a fast-track education scheme. The project is extremely important in Maré as there is a severe lack of educational and employment opportunities for young people. As well as receiving numeracy and literacy classes, students from New Pathways attend weekly personal development sessions, which, combined with individual mentoring from the social support team, offer careers advice and youth leadership skills. In 2014, 71 at-risk youths enrolled into the educational classes. They all reported feeling more optimistic about their future.
Soft Toys for Education is a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, first launched thirteen years ago. The idea is simple: for every soft toy or children’s book throughout November and December, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro to children’s education projects. The initiative has supported 99 projects in 46 countries, reaching 11 million children.
This animated film narrated by J.K. Rowling was released as part of Lumos’ mission to raise international awareness about children living away from families in orphanages.
In Children Need Families Not Orphanages, the Harry Potter author, who founded Lumos, speaks passionately about why children need families to grow and thrive, and how impersonal orphanages cannot meet a child’s need for individual love and care. The film is designed to build the political and public will to end the use of orphanages and institutions for children globally by 2050, by helping countries create community-based services that support vulnerable families to stay together.
“A baby quickly forges a bond with loving parents,” J.K. Rowling says, “and because of this bond the brain develops with remarkable speed and complexity.” But this picture of childhood can be a fragile one, she warns. “Poverty, conflict and disaster can destroy the foundations of family life… (and) in these circumstances, families can feel they have no choice but to place their child into a so-called orphanage, especially if the child is disabled and needs care the family cannot afford.”
TrustAfrica is supporting African civil society organisations in launching a popular campaign called “Stop the Bleeding – Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa’’.
The campaign aims to stop the loss of an estimated $50 billion each year which leaves the continent through illicit activities of multinational companies and rich individuals. The initiative is rooted in African experiences, driven by African agency and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It seeks to mobilise ordinary people and key constituencies such as students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to be a key part of the voices for change.
The song you hear is a part of that, as it encompasses the ideas driving the motivation for change in a shareable way.
The Supported Options Initiative aims to improve the support and advice available to young people and children in the UK who do not have regular immigration status or are undocumented. Many of these young people feel that they are unable, or for various reasons are unwilling, to approach organisations for help. There may also be only very limited options available through which they can seek to address their situation.
An estimated 120,000 children in the UK have no legal status so are undocumented or irregular. Lack of legal status blocks them from fulfilling their potential and many experience barriers to health, education, work and social welfare. Sources of specialist support are scarce and mainstream organisations are not equipped to help—a situation exacerbated by cuts to legal aid for immigration work in 2013.
Supported Options has three aims: first, increased citizenship registration of marginalised UK-born children; second, improved support to young people with irregular immigration status to explore their options and make choices about their future. The third initiative aim is to understand the experiences of young people and share this and practical responses with practitioners and policy makers.
By grant-funding a small number of charities and law centres to collaborate with others in designing and operating new approaches, Supported Options encourages and supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status in the UK to live full lives. This initiative seed-funds new ideas; commissions research on knowledge gaps; supports a practitioner network; and shares learning through reports, online web resources, blogs, and events—like the recent Innovation Lab (pictured here), which brings young people together to discuss in new creative ways issues that may restrict their day to day lives.
Delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy, Supported Options is a special initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The Jacobs Foundation Livelihood Programme aims to improve the living conditions of families in rural areas of West Africa. The project in Ivory Coast has shown the importance of understanding and integrating social, cultural and economic realities of vulnerable communities into projects that focus on improving access to education.
Alongside the provision of technical support and entrepreneurship training for smallholder farmers, the project aimed to improve education at 7 schools in the region by supporting close collaboration between teachers, management, parent-teacher associations and the community.
In 2015, after gaining experience with the Livelihood Programme, the Jacobs Foundation has committed CHF 50 million to change the situation in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast by implementing a comprehensive strategy to transform education, empower women, and ensure child protection.
This initiative is called TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities), and it builds on CocoaAction, an unprecedented commitment of the private sector to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.
The idea of using soccer stadiums as places of learning is based on the British “Study Support Centre” model, which utilises young people’s enthusiasm for the sport to encourage them to take up educational offers.
Since 2010 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been working in conjunction with the Bundesliga-Stiftung (German federal soccer league foundation) to fund centres of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, and Nürnberg.
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These learning centres are aimed at school students, particularly from Hauptschulen, in grades seven to ten and young soccer fans in general. The idea is to use the atmosphere of the stadium to appeal to the types of young people on whom traditional educational services generally have little impact.
The aim of the Ideas Prize “On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go!” is to build on the different connections between people that form Europe. Whether through culture, education, welfare, health, the environment, or sport, the aim is to bring together enthusiastic EU citizens from diverse backgrounds and support them to realise charitable projects across Europe’s borders.
Under the motto “On y va – auf geht’s – let’s go!” the foundation is supporting projects which bring together participants from Germany, France and at least one other EU country. In doing so the participants have the opportunity to realise their projects on an international scale and become part of a wider network of committed European citizens.
The project is being funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung along with the Deutsch-Französisches Institut Ludwigsburg (dfi), a foundation that supports civil and social engagement in Europe.
The Danish Guide and Scout Association, the Association are taking over Fort Middelgrund in Øresund sound. The association aims to convert the island into a centre where children and youths can develop into active, involved and inquisitive individuals who assume leadership for positive social change.
The Danish Guide and Scout Association have taken the initiative to set up a new foundation through which the guide and scout movement will convert Fort Middelgrund into “Youth Island”, an original activity lab created by and for children and youths where challenging activities and profound experiences will help them to develop and cultivate a sense of community, outdoor life and social responsibility.
A grant of DKK 20 million from the foundations Nordea-fonden and A. P. Møller Fonden made it possible to buy Fort Middelgrund, which was taken over on 1 April 2015.
“This project provides children and youths with an ambitious, unique centre of activity for developing positive social change. The elements of creative force, responsibility and focus on community and outdoor life are essential for rewarding guide and scouting activities, and these same elements are also essential for Youth Island. The aim of the island is to become a laboratory in which these elements are mixed and criss-crossed to create activities that will make a lasting impression on children and youths in the form of new perspectives on and a renewed desire for outdoor activities, togetherness and social involvement,” says David Hansen, Scout Manager, Danish Guide and Scout Association.
Right Here was a five-year, £6m initiative jointly managed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation that ran from 2009 to 2014. It aimed to develop new approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK aged 16 to 25 focusing on intervening early to help young people at risk of developing mental health problems and to tackling the stigma associated with mental health that often prevents young people seeking help.
In the link here you can find out more through articles co-authored by Mark Brown and Susan Blishen which focus upon the practical lessons learnt by Right Here about ways to manage, develop, evaluate and carry out youth work-led mental health projects for young people.