The already precarious situation of children in West Africa has been increasingly aggravated by political instability and conflicts in the region, which have lead to massive population displacements. Floods, cyclical epidemics of cholera and horrible food shortages in the Sahel region have only intensified problems. Social services are either overwhelmed, insufficient or non-existent, making it difficult to respond to the many needs associated with the care of children. Children themselves, which are no longer in school, are often victims of economic exploitation.
In light of this and its fruitful experiences through training sessions in Senegal (very positive results were seen for the Training for Trainers of Juvenile Justice, organised in partnership with the Judicial Training Centre of Dakar in 2012-2014 for key players in the juvenile penal systems of Dakar and Thiès), the IDE has decided to establish a degree in Protection and Rights of the Child out of this country, for professionals in all of West Africa.
This training program is a part of the dialogue on human rights between Switzerland and Senegal.
Social workers, educators, authorities (ministers or servicemen), NGO representatives, heads of institutions and penitentiaries, judges, police officers, prosecutors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, heads of regional medical centres, medical professionals, psychologists/psychiatrists, PhD candidates and students.
Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon.
Interdisciplinary approach which includes: law, sociology, pedagogy, psychology, social work, specialised education, demography, etc.
The IDE with: