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Alumni Hilton Nyamukapa has been busy since getting his CYS degree at ISS in 2011. As Child Protection Outreach Officer for Streets Ahead Welfare Organisation in Zimbabwe, Hilton has worked on behalf of children living and laboring on the streets of Harare, managing the drop-in center and supervising such activities as life skills training and counseling. He has also been monitoring and evaluating the center’s child protection interventions as well as aligning the organisation’s programs with government policies.
Hilton says his MA program at ISS helped prepare him to step into these roles: “Specialising in Children and Youth Studies helped me to comprehensively understand  the policy and problem areas surrounding children and youth  in a broad social context of globalisation, poverty and conflict. A close analytical approach towards key challenging issues such as education, work, health, sexuality, violence and abuse has helped me further understand the multi-dimensionality and interrelationships among vulnerabilities facing Zimbabwe’s young people. The specialization’s  particular consideration of cross-cutting issues such as vulnerability, resilience, exclusion, agency and participation has been instrumental in helping me identify and formulate custom and targeted interventions that are responsive and transformative within my entire working environment.”
Not wanting to stop there, Hilton has sought even further education in short courses such as a Research Ethics Course (UNICEF and Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe) in 2012 and a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation course (Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University, Netherlands) in 2013. Hilton has also been accepted to the PhD program at Canterbury University in New Zealand. He hopes to begin his proposed research on “Revisiting Policy, Standards, and Practice: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Care and Protection of Unaccompanied Children in Zimbabwe” in January 2014.

Hilton (3rd from left) working with youth at the drop-in center

Hilton (3rd from left) working with youth at the drop-in center

Two new edited volumes contain chapters by CYS convenor Kristen Cheney. Click on the pictures to learn more about them:

Over the past two days the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) ran a thematic workshop on ‘Children and Migration in Africa’ hosted by SOAS. Kristen Cheney was one of the speakers and presented a paper entitled “Blood Always Finds a Way Home”: AIDS Orphanhood and the transformation of kinship, fosterage, and children’s migration strategies’.

This is the full programme:

AEGIS Thematic Workshop Children and Migration: An Interdisciplinary
Perspective SOAS, London 24-25 May 2012

DAY 1: 22 Russell Square. Room T101
1.30-2.15: Keynote Address
               Benjamin N. Lawrance, Ph.D. Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed
Chair of International Studies Rochester Institute of
Technology, Rochester, New York
               ‘Myth, History, and Child Migration in the Atlantic World
of La Amistad’
2.15-3.00: Introductory Roundtable:
               Benjamin N. Lawrance, Jack Lord, Elodie Razy and Marie Rodet
3.00-3.15:  Coffee break
3.15-5.15: Panel 1 – Migrating Children: Between Vulnerability and Agency
                   Robin Chapdelaine, Rutgers, ‘The Codification of
Native Law in an International Context, 1901- 1920s:
Labor, Money Lending and Child Pawnship’
                   Guy Massart, Mindelo Escola Internacional de Arte,
Cape Verde, ‘Childrenąs Mobility in Ghana, the
Revealing Politics of Scales and Depth’ (video).
                   Codou Bop, GREFELS, ‘Cross Border Migration of Malian
Girls Serving as Guides to Beggars in Senegal.’
                   Lindah Mhando, Pennsylvania State University, ‘The
Cinderella Syndrome: Economic Returns, False Hopes and
the Exploitation of Trafficked Senegalese Girls.’
5.15-5.45: Documentary film screening and discussion
                  ‘Coming of Age in Exile: Somali Bantu in Tanzania and
the US’ Directed by Francesca Declich, Urbino
 DAY 2: SOAS Main Building. Room 116.
9.00-11.00: Panel 2 – Bringing Up Children: Learning to Be and Becoming a
Migrant in a Changing world
9.00-10.00: Part 1
                    Paolo Gaibazzi, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin,
‘Cultivating an Agrarian Ethos: Upbringing and
Migration in the Upper Gambia Valley’.
                    Paola Porcelli, Paris 8, “I Will Never Become a
Crocodile but I Am Happy if I Eat Enough’. The
Structural Ambivalence of Child Fosterage in Rural
Mali from a Value-Centered Perspective.
10.00-11.00: Part 2
                    Kristen Cheney, International Institute of Social
Studies, The Hague, “Blood Always Finds a Way
Home”: AIDS Orphanhood and the Transformation of
Kinship, Fosterage, and Children’s Migration
                    Francesca Declich, Urbino University, ‘Children in
exile: agency, traditions and new cultural logics’
11.00-11.15: Coffee break
11.15-13.15: Panel 3 – Education, mobility & immobility
11.15-12.15: Part 1                      Isabelle Denis, Paris Sorbonne,
‘Unfree Children in Mayotta Island (1841-1904)’. Aude Chanson, Paris Denis
Diderot, ‘Migration of Children for Education in Tanganyika’.
12.15-13.15: Part 2
                    Marie Deleigne, Paris Descartes ­ CEPED, ‘Children
Circulation and Schooling in Androy,
Madagascar’.Hannah Hoechner, Oxford, ‘Mobility as a
Contradictory Resource: Peripatetic Qurąanic Students
in Kano, Nigeria’.
13.15-14.00: Lunch
14.00-16.30: Panel 4 – Movement, imagination & making nations
14.00-15.00: Part 1                     Violaine Tisseau, Paris 7,
‘Migration as a Way to Become ‘French’ for Métis Children, Madagascar,
19th-20th century’.
                    Hannah Whittaker, SOAS, ‘Education, Migration and
National Liberation: Mapping the School Days of the
First Sudanese Civil War, 1955-72’.
15.00-16.00: Part 2
                    Jennifer Huynh, Princeton, ‘Reimaging Home: Somali
Nationalism and Representation in the Diaspora’.
                    Oluwole Coker, Obafemi Awoluwo University, ‘Child
Narration as Device for Negotiation for Space and
Identity Formation in Recent Nigerian Migrant
16.00-16.30: General discussion & conclusion
Contact: Marie Rodet mr28@soas.ac.uk

Data on African schools

Category: research

5 May 2012
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Unesco - Institute for statistics
3 May 2012
School Conditions in Africa
In African countries, how many schools have potable water, electricity or separate toilets for girls? What is the average class size in primary schools and to what extent do pupils share textbooks? How many teachers are joining and leaving the workforce in countries across the continent each year?
To better evaluate the challenges facing schools in sub-Saharan Africa, the UIS has developed a new regional data collection to monitor progress on education priorities articulated in the African Union’s Second Decade of Education. Learn more about the data, which are presented in an analytical paper and dynamic graphics available on the UIS website.
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