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■Latest news from the Philippines (2008/3/27)

Yachiyo’s Farewell

One and half year has passed since Ms. Yachiyo Nakamura came to work at the office of the KnK - Philippines.She’s one of the most hard working and talented Japanese representatives with whom many children and youth of KnK Philippines have learned to love.
She worked to achieve recognition for KnK - Philippines not only by other Japanese NGOs but also by a number of well-known business corporation in Japan.
Before going back to Japan, she visited different project areas where the children prepared some surprise presentations to her as tokens of their appreciation.
Now, she left the Phillipines and works for the project in Jordan.

Children in Harmony, Bulacan made a farewell note to their Ate Yachi

Project Site Visit with
Atty. Muyot of Unicef, Child Protection Section (Jan. 24)

Atty. Albert Muyot (2nd from the right) is the Project Officer of the UNICEF. KnK is on of the NGO’s that received UNICEF funds and is also a working member of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).

ACourtesy visit to Social Welfare Department of the local Barangay of Bagong Silang, Caloocan North.
Atty. Muyot observing an ALS session. Most of the students who attended ALS were CICL.

Peer Educator’s Seminar (Feb.15 -17)

Forty peer educators of KnK from Payatas and Bagong Silang attended the seminar that was held in San Mateo, Rizal. The sole purpose of the seminar was to increase youth awareness by organizing and actively participating in the community program that advocates for the protection of the rights of the child.
Senior Peer Educators were in-charge of the facilitation. Guest Speakers from other NGOs were invited as resource persons. Different topics related to the Convention to the Rights of the Child, Community Organizing, the Urban Poor Situation and the importance of Peer Education Program were tackled and discussed.

Before the three-day seminar ended, peer educators were required to answer the assessment sheet. Many of them had the following to say about the seminar: they were able to gain more knowledge and skills that will help in expanding KnK’s program in the communities. To recruit or help more youth (OSY, Children At Risk, Street Children et al) especially in encouraging them to give importance to education.
After every topic, the participants are divided into groups for the workshops to actually do what they learn and to synthesize or summarize the discussion.
Resource person used different tools and approaches of teaching.

Its not just all about discussion and lecture. The seminar is also a venue for all the beneficiaries/participants to have fun.

What is ”Peer Educator” ?

Peer Educators are organized leaders among KnK's beneficiaries in the fields, and they used to be street children, Children-in-Conflict-with-the-Law (CICL), Out-of-School-Youth (OSY) and/or Children at Risk.

In the beginning, some of them were committed to the rehabilitation center because of their offenses. They have been supported by KnK staff such as the social workers and teachers. Through counseling, education and alternative activities such as art workshop, sports and other activities prevent them from thinking or doing offenses against people and properties.

Because of their own experiences in the past, Peer Educators currently become good advisers and role models for children on the streets and other Children at Risk in the communities. While Peer Educators support younger children as leaders, they also attend schools in order to catch up with the lost years in school they have wasted before because of poverty and negligence.

From “Back on Track: Making Community-Based Diversion Work for Children-in-Conflict-with-the-Law”, A documentation of FREELAVA’s experience in Cebu City Philippines --

Peer educators are diverted CICL or released child offenders. These children are organized as Peer Educators to assist community volunteers and KnK program staff in reaching out to other CICL. Peer Educators serve as “role models” of behavioral change to fellow CICL or Children at Risk from offending. They create positive influences to these children by conducting activities such as prevention from offending, Peer Education and counseling through small group discussions and meetings.

Mr. Shunsuke Miyao the President of KnK-Japan
and Mrs. Saeko Terada (Feb.22-26)

Group picture with volunteer parents
Home visit with one of KnK’s beneficiaries
The President is looking how good our children in making the tallest pyramid.
Mr. Miyao and Mrs. Terada spent their time with the children in Harmony

Reported by Richard Manglicmot
KnK network Philippines
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