October 11, 2016
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The Soul Beat 264 - Media and Communication for Children's Rights
October 11 2016
From SOUL BEAT AFRICA - where communication and media are central to AFRICA's social and economic development
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This issue of The Soul Beat focuses on the role of communication and media in promoting the rights of children. The newsletter contains a selection of content from the Soul Beat Africa website
- including research reports, programme experiences, and resource materials - that provide insight and guidance into how children's rights can be promoted and protected with a focus on education, child participation, gender equality, media and information and communication technologies (ICTs), and violence against children.


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Education and Children's Rights
  • 1. Raising Students' Voices: School Councils in Tanzania Supporting Young People to Claim Their Education Rights [September 2015]
    By Louie Fooks
    This case study discusses the experience of the My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) project in rural Tanzania, which is working with barazas (student councils) to improve the quality of education by transforming school governance and improving students' confidence and voice. The barazas are a statutory requirement in every school in Tanzania, but student leaders do not usually effectively represent the interests of students, and girls tend to be especially marginalised. The case study explains how Oxfam worked with 80 school councils "to ensure they became gender-sensitive and democratic, enabling students to speak out and tackle some of the barriers to their education..."
  • 2. Child Rights Education Toolkit: Rooting Child Rights in Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Schools [2014]
    This toolkit, developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) seeks to: 1) strengthen the capacities of project managers in UNICEF National Committees and country offices, as well as other stakeholders, to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes that promote child rights in schools and early childhood education settings; and 2) provide an overview and guidance on how to implement and integrate child rights education (CRE) strategically in school curricula, teaching practice, and learning environments.
  • 3. Outside the Circle: A Research Initiative by Plan International into the Rights of Children with Disabilities to Education and Protection in West Africa [September 2013]
    This report shares findings of Plan International's research to investigate why girls and boys with disabilities in West Africa are so often denied the right to education and protection. It explores different approaches that have been used to ensure these rights. The research was conducted to help Plan International raise awareness of the rights of children with disabilities and to work with governments and humanitarian programmes to review policies, action plans, and budgets to reflect the needs and aspirations of children with disabilities.

Child Participation
  • 4. A Study on Child Participation in Eastern Africa [2015]
    As part of efforts to gain an in-depth understanding of child participation in Eastern Africa, this study by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and Save the Children (East Africa Regional Office) examines the mechanisms currently in place to promote the meaningful participation of children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The main objectives of the research were to identify the structures for child participation that exist in the target countries, to determine the extent of child participation, and to identify factors that inhibit effective participation of children. In addition, the study was intended to document promising initiatives to promote children's participation in the region.
  • 5. A Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Children's Participation [2014]
    By Gerison Lansdown and Claire O'Kane
    From Save the Children, this 6-part guide explores how to monitor and evaluate children's participation in programmes, communities, and in wider society - around the world. It is intended for use by practitioners and children working in participatory programmes, as well as by governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society, and children's organisations seeking to assess and strengthen children's participation in their wider society.

Promoting Gender Equality
  • 6. Creating Supportive Learning Environments for Girls and Boys - A Guide for Educators [2016]
    This guide was developed by IREX to help teachers, school administrators, and communities make classrooms and schools more gender inclusive, with the ultimate goal of improving education for girls and boys. As stated in the guide, "Gender-Inclusive Teaching is teaching with content and pedagogy that acknowledges and overcomes gender-based constraints so that both girls and boys can be successful learners..."
  • 7. Engendering Transformational Change: Save the Children Gender Equality Program Guidance and Toolkit [October 2015]
    This toolkit emerges from Save the Children's belief that "it is essential that we identify and address the specific needs of girls, boys, women, and men across our program cycle if we are to fulfil our vision of a world where every girl and every boy attains their equal right to survival, protection, development, and participation. This process of gender equality integration, often called gender mainstreaming, is not only a requirement for many donors and partners, but drives positive, transformative results, and is key to effective and sustainable development."
  • 8. Grassroots Girls Book Club - Malawi, India, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Kenya
    This initiative revolves around a series of 6 autobiographical graphic stories, all authored by girls participating in social change and empowerment programmes offered by local grassroots organisations in 6 countries. Grassroots Girls Book Club was created by Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI), a partnership of 6 funders that believe that grassroots organisations are qualified to design and implement organic solutions for underserved girls in the communities in which they work.

Children and the Media
  • 9. Protecting the Rights of Children: The Role of the Media - Lessons from India, Kenya and Brazil [2014]
    By Susan Angle, Thomas Baerthlein, Neeti Daftari, Brice Rambaud, and Niousha Roshani
    From Internews Europe, this report summarises research in Kenya, India, and Brazil "to understand how to harness the power of traditional media (TV, newspapers, and radio) and new media (Internet and mobile phones) to amplify the voices of advocates and children, improve media coverage and transform child protection." Through primary and secondary research, local researchers sought to understand current media practices and how media intersect with youth and advocates' voices to form an 'information ecosystem' that can hinder or help child rights protection.
  • 10. Linking Generations Through Radio: A Toolkit From Africa for Radio Producers Working with Children and Youth [2013]
    By Yumna Martin, Clémence Petit Perrot, and Mike Rahfaldt
    Published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this radio toolkit is designed to give community radio stations across Africa the knowledge, tools, and skills to get young people involved in producing radio at the local level. It provides inclusive examples to allow free exchange of ideas between girls and boys and increase awareness of radio producers and managers about ethical and legal requirements particularly when working with minors. It was designed to serve as a routine training or programming handbook in radio stations, a reference and resource for young people, and an advocacy tool to inform policy makers as well as the general public.
  • 11. The Role of Media in Child Protection: Challenges and Opportunities in Uganda [September 2013]
    This report discusses findings of a study exploring child protection in the media in Uganda. The study examined the policy and legal environment, media coverage, and the relationship between civil society organisations, government, and media as it relates to child protection. Together with similar studies conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, the research is intended to provide baseline data for the "Strengthening Media Agency for Child Protection" project being implemented by Panos Eastern Africa.

Children and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
  • 12. Girl Effect - Girl Safeguarding Policy: Digital Privacy, Security, Safety Principles and Guidelines [March 2016]
    By Linda Raftree
    Developed as part of the Girl Effect programme, this set of guidelines was produced to provide staff and partners with guidance on how all programme actions will protect girls who are using the digital tools that they create and/or promote. The guide outlines how Girl Effect staff seek to approach digital initiatives and programmes involving girls. It is built on a set of principles designed to keep girls and their privacy, security, and safety at the centre of all that they do.
  • 13. Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the Potential, Meeting the Challenges [2013]
    By Dorothea Kleine, David Hollow, and Sammia Poveda
    This study on ICTs, such as mobile phones, computers, and the internet, examines the ways in which these tools can contribute to child-focused development goals. The UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti initiated the study in collaboration with the ICT4D [ICT for Development] Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and Jigsaw Consult. It is a mapping review of recent literature and expert opinion obtained through 35 in-depth interviews.
  • 14. Tools of the Trade: Children's Rights and Internet [2016]
    Launched by UNICEF, this series of tools provides guidance for ICT companies seeking to adopt or refine their policies, strategies, and programmes to reduce risks or maximise opportunities for children. The tools can be applied to a wide range of industry players including mobile operators, internet providers, social media platforms, and gaming companies.

Protecting Children
  • 15. Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action [September 2014]
    This report, which was released as part of the #ENDviolence global initiative calling for an end to all forms of violence against children, provides evidence of programmes to address violence against children drawn from UNICEF's experience, and those of key partners. It offers a review of child focused interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at large, and in social spaces created by mobile and online technology.
  • 16. Case Studies on UNICEF Programming in Child Protection [March 2013]
    These case studies illustrate how UNICEF support is helping countries to strengthen child protection system and promote social change to align social norms and practices with child protection. Taken from a range of countries around the world, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, and The Sudan, the case studies include: reducing corporal punishment in schools; offering prevention, referral and protection services for children at risk; supporting community collaboration to curtail female genital mutilation/cutting; and developing child friendly policy units.
  • 17. Make Children Safe: Children's Activity Book and Educator's Guide [2014]
    Produced by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this activity book and educator's guide form part of Soul City's Soul Buddyz Clubs initiative and is designed to help children and educators take action around child abuse in South Africa. The Soul Buddyz Clubs are mainly school-based clubs that bring together children between the ages of 8 and 14 years to undertake projects to create awareness about an issue or to help bring about change in their community.

General Resources
  • 18. The African Child Information Hub
    The African Child Information Hub (InfoHub) is designed to be a one-stop shop of data and information on children in Africa. The main objective of the InfoHub is "to create a forum to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences on matters relating to children." Available in English and French, the website's database and information is updated and expanded on a continuous basis.
  • 19. EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating Child Rights in Development Cooperation [2014]
    Produced through a strategic collaboration between UNICEF and the European Commission, this toolkit is designed to provide practical guidance on how to take a rights-based, child-focused approach. It was produced to strengthen the capacity of development partners, European Commission staff, bilateral donors, and other development actors to integrate a child rights approach throughout development programming, budgeting, policy-making, and law-making.


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