ARC – Foundation Module 1: Understanding Childhoods
This module aims to equip those responding in emergencies with an introduction to the theory and practice of working with children and of children’s rights. It illustrates how the experience of childhood is not the same for all children and highlights the diversity of beliefs about raising children. It demonstrates that children themselves are active agents in their growth and development. Yet, their capacities are often underestimated by adults, leaving them powerless and without a voice in those decisions that affect them.
The ARC resource pack provides information and training materials to strengthen individuals’ capacity to address the causes of children’s vulnerabilities, to build effective child protection systems for use in emergencies and long-term development, and to ensure that no activities inadvertently compromise children’s rights or safety.
Foundation modules 1 and 2 cover core concepts such as underlying theory, international instruments establishing child rights, and principles and standards. Modules 3, 5, and 6 cover methodology such as rights-based tools and approaches. Modules 4 and 7 cover cross-cutting rights such as children’s right to be heard, to be included in decisions that concern them and to enjoy their rights without discrimination. Each module includes materials for study, slides, and training materials such as exercises and handouts.
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