Mobile Arts for Peace (Rwanda): Safeguarding Workshop

Wrapping up the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) camp with a child-facing activity from the NSPCC Pants campaign.Photo Credit: Tony Cegielka

Children from 10 years of age and young people up to 18 from all over Rwanda have spent a week in participatory arts activities, and will return home with supportive adults, empowered and equipped to lead community-based conflict-resolution activities through school clubs and theatre tours.

Trainers have been looking into:

  • incident scenarios and to prevent, recognise or respond to them
  • embedding and optimising safeguarding opportunities in existing MAP activities
  • policies and codes of conduct which comply with enhanced safeguarding requirements from donors
  • some less well appreciated aspects of child and staff safeguarding
  • activities to do in the trainers’ regional schools
  • embedding safeguarding into the Rwandan schools curriculum

I’m reviewing MAP’s safeguarding policy and code of conduct with Chaste Umohoreye, who is one of CTS’ Regional Safeguarding Leads for sub-Saharan Africa. Chaste will continue to produce evidence from this bottom-up approach before mapping this to the work of our second SSA Safeguarding Lead, Helene Rousseau, on national and regional policy across the continent.

Helene and Chaste will be taking part in an introductory webinar (‘What is safeguarding for researchers?’) on Tue 10 December @ 14:00 – 15:00 GMT. Please join us! Contact me at A.Cegielka@leeds.ac.uk.

I’m available to help any CTS project with evidence-based advice on good safeguarding practice in context, or awareness-raising workshops and other training materials.

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