Nurturing Spirituality within the Family to Prevent Violence Against Children in Brazil

On 7th March 2018, Arigatou International Geneva and GNRC–Brazil together with Pastoral da Criança, co-organized a roundtable discussion on Strengthening Families to Nurture Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Pai Alexandre Silveira, leader from the African Traditional Religions and GNRC Coordinator in Brazil; attended by sixty (60) participants including religious leaders, civil society and journalists from the national media. The roundtable discussion was conducted to analyze the context of violence against children, its effects on the integral development of a child and seek solutions towards addressing the problem in the country.

Tackling Negative Perceptions and Stereotyping in Romania

GNRC–Romania through Asociatia Sol Mentis conducted a counselling session for children dubbed, “Counselling on Perception and Stereotyping,” on 20th March 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. The session aimed at eradicating negative perception of others in children, by educating them on peaceful co-existence, tolerance and appreciation. The importance of diversity was also shared, emphasizing that God created people differently so that everyone can be unique in their own way.

On 19th March 2018, GNRC–Rwanda organized a fruit tree-planting activity aimed at combatting malnutrition among children. One hundred (100) children from Rwamagana district in Eastern Rwanda attended the event.

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, in collaboration with Foundation and Arigatou International hosted a four-day training workshop from 13th to 16th March 2018 to integrate ethics into higher education and teacher education. The worshop dubbed, “Integrating Ethics in Higher Education: Transformation of Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) – Faculties and Programmes – To Achieve Global Competitiveness," took place at the University’s Lang’ata Campus.

The work of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) has been recognized and lauded by the United Nations. To accelerate progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the UN Special Representative promotes engagement with United Nations partners, national Governments, regional organizations, civil society, faith-based organizations, the private sector, the media and child-led networks. In the Annual Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, dated 22nd January 2018, specifically the section on Strengthening Partnerships to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Ms. Marta Santos Pais reported at length about the GNRC 5th Forum and its outcomes.

GNRC in partnership with Goldin Institute and Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development (YOLRED), organized a debate and community dialogue session for secondary students dubbed, “Community Parliament and Secondary School Debating Competition,” from 24th to 27th February 2018 at the Gulu District Council Hall, Gulu, Uganda. The debate aimed at equipping young people in institutions of learning with critical thinking and conflict analysis, leadership, communication skills, research and oratory skills to enable them contribute as citizens, to the nation’s development now and in the future. A total of two hundred and eighty seven (287) participants including children, women and men attended the event. The Northern Uganda Debate Society also took part in the event.

Arigatou International—Nairobi (AI—N) in partnership with the First Children’s Embassy in the World - MEGJASHI (FCEWM), organised a Balkans regional meeting in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26th February 2018 to 1st March 2018. The meeting was convened by Arigatou International Initiatives, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty).