Children painting pictures at nursery school Wienerwald, austria…
I've talked about the 'Quality4Children' agreement in previous posts, now I want focus here on what the agreement involves. Here is the part of the report that talks about actions:
Children painting pictures at the nursery school Wienerwald, Austria.
I've talked about the 'Quality4Children' standards in previous posts, now I want focus here on what the standards are. Here is the part of the report that talks about actions:
The standards state that children are involved in all decisions about their lives. Children and young adults should consider, together with their care givers, which school they are to attend, or when and how their steps towards independent living should be made. It was made clear through the interviews that transparency and participation, especially in phases of change, are crucial in order to give children and young adults a feeling of security and dependability.
One of the standards strongly states that the children's familial, social, and cultural resources and ties must remain intact. This means that children and young adults being placed in out of home care should stay, if at all possible, in their home community, and should continue going to the same school and should be able to meet the same friends.
Another standard states that children with special needs should receive adequate care and that their care givers should be trained and supported accordingly. The special importance of working together with the child's biological family is emphasised, which means that regular contact with the biological family is encouraged and professionally seen through.
Another standard describes how young adults should be supported and accompanied on their path to independent living; for example, by giving them responsibility from an early age onwards, according to their age and individual developmental stage.
A SOS family on a walkaway through their vegetable patch at Children's Village Belén, Paraguay
I've been finding out about an agreement that means children from SOS Children's Villages Paraguay can take part in a football campus.
The project was developed by the FC International Milan and is called Inter Campus. Inter Campus is designed to combine the technical demands of a large soccer league and education. This project includes about 10,000 participating children between the ages of eight and 14 years around the world, carefully selected by the FC International.
SOS Children's Villages Paraguay has been working in the country for 38 years. The Inter Campus will consist of a Sports School for Social Integration which will be an educational area where, because of the natural inclination of Paraguayan children towards playing soccer, they will enjoy football practice and make friends with other children from the surrounding area.
The children who take part in the INTER FUTURA programme will be 100 children, between the ages of six and twelve, both boys and girls, all coming from the schools of SOS Children's Villages Paraguay.
The initiatives like this are an example of social responsibility, worthy of the support and commitment of all individuals and companies.