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■Workshop for members of CWG (2010/4/19)

For the 2 days of 22nd and 23rd or February, a workshop had been held for the Community Watch Group (CWG) which unify the village where we conduct our project. While we provide education at the children center, CWG mainly work for the improvement of education quality through observation of center in each village. The main theme of this workshop was “Child right” and “Child labor”. 4 members from each 5 villages, total 20members, took part in this workshop and special lecturer came to teach them.

Work shop starts!

First, they introduce there selves.

In the work shop about child right, first, a pieces of paper were given to each members, then they wrote down about “what is child right”. After that, each of them expressed their opinions and exchanged with others.

Writing their opinions in the cards.

Collecting the cards.

Read the card aloud and
exchange their opinions.

CWG members listening very carefully.

There was a lively discussion. Some of the opinions was “the child right is to provide the opportunity for receiving an education at appropriate time”, some was “Having the opportunity to play in appropriate environment”, etc. The other opinion which brought animated discussion was “Providing the environment which they don’t have to engage in child labor”. Therefore, from that point, the topic was gradually focused on child labor. Under the direction of the lecturer, following topics were given to the members to look closely into the cause of child labor.

A. What is child labor?
B. What causes child labor?
C. 3 main factors which cause child labor.
D. 3 other factors which cause child labor.

Members were divided into some groups in order to discuss about them in a small group. There were lively opinions exchanges.

Exchanging their opinions in a small group.

After discussion, big pieces of paper were given to each group.? First, they got their ideas in shape and wrote them down, and then they gave a presentation in front of other groups.

Giving a presentation on behalf of other group members.

The opinion which was gotten in shape in a group.

When it comes to the topic of “What is child labor”, they took up “Not only the thing that children engage in domestic chores or simple work, but also the thing that the time they can receive education and play with their friends has been deprived”.? The main reason of the child labor is the poverty in their families, therefore they discussed about the circumstances that they were forced to work to supplement their parents income.
They also took up and discussed about other problems deeply which child labor brings. For example, the development of this country is prevented in consequence of child labor, and also, because many families tend to have many children as a way of supplementing their family income, it develops a problem of overpopulation as a result.

At the end of this work shop, a lecture about how to manage and administer the community and how to observe their work site more effectively was given by the lecturer.? And then, the work shop lasted for 2 days was ended.

The members discussing with the lead of lecturer whether the activities they have done were carried out as planned.

My conviction that this workshop was effective was confirmed by the opinions from CWG members which I received after this work shop, such as “This discussion was very helpful, so I want to make good use of it from now when we go for observation in our villages”.

The thing that I was most impressed was the attitude of the CWG members towards this workshop.? I felt their strong sense of responsibility as a leader of their villages from the attitude which they listen earnestly to advice from lecturer, and also, not only specific member took part in the discussion, but all of them took a positive attitude toward exchanging their opinions.? Through this workshop, I hope that they will take more pride in their role, and hope they will contribute to the development of quality of life in their villages.




Reported by Minako Iwaki (Project Coordinator)
Nonprofit Organization Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)
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