For several years, the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), a network of NGOs and UN agencies working on child protection issues, has observed a growing need for specialists in humanitarian fields. Terre des Hommes, the biggest child protection NGO in Switzerland and member of the CPWG, chose the Bioforce Institute for its recognised expertise in operational and practical, 'profession-based' course design, and asked it to develop a training course for French speakers.
The only French-language course in Africa offering training on the fight to end violence against children in the humanitarian field.
Following its launch in France at the end of April, the African version will now begin. Seventeen students are expected in Burkina Faso to develop their skills on this unique French-language training course in Africa on the fight to end child abuse, exploitation, negligence and violence in the humanitarian field. Originally from Guinea, Congo, CAR as well as Burundi, they will all take a three-month course (until 15th December) followed by a six-month field mission within an NGO or public institution to put these skills into practice. Read a detailed description of the course.
A round-table to highlight the importance of training
The Bioforce Institute has taken the opportunity of the launch of this new training course to bring together the key national and international stakeholders in child protection on 15th September in Ouagadougou, to highlight the importance of child protection training for critical needs response work in humanitarian crises in West and Central Africa. The Social Affairs Minister for Burkina Faso, Terre des Hommes - Lausanne and UNICEF will discuss unmet needs with 60 child protection experts, and in particular the critical need for skilled child protection workers in the region. As proof of how important this issue is to African countries, the round-table will be chaired by Mrs Laure Zongo-Hien, Burkina Faso's Minister for Women, National Solidarity and Families.