The OPA la Violencia application for cell phones and the website were launched on Alda’s social networks. The launch consisted of an instructional video featuring a well-known and respected figure in our media; the journalist, sociologist and writer Carlos Martini, who kindly granted permission to use his image as a contribution to the cause against violence towards children and women.
Both the app for cell phones and the website are practical tools developed with the support of the British Embassy , with the aim to allow more people to know, identify and report any form of violence towards girls and women.
The initiative is brought about as a complemet of the project “My school, my community, my life: protected and free from violence” , carried out by Fundación Alda with the support of the European Union in Paraguay, which prompted the communicational campaign “OPA la Violencia” during the 2019. The campaing was validated by Ministry of Childhood and Adolescence and by the Ministry of Women , which in addition endorsed it as well.
From now on, every person who sees, hears, or perceives violence can access these tools, inquire and know which entities to turn to and where to report it.
Google Play: https://cutt.ly/liolSNk
App Store: https://cutt.ly/aioxa3W
On occasion of the World Bullying Day , from Alda, an extensive interview was generated on the issue of bullying and school harassment, which remain a permanent current and active phenomemon, taking different forms in times of quarantine and social distancing.
Educational psychologists Alejandra Ruíz Díaz and Nilda Ramírez, both with vast experience in educational institutions of different contexts of our country, shared with us their insights and expertise in an extensive conversation published on social networks and the institutional website.
To see the interview, you may access https://bit.ly/3fU5CHA
The series of articles Lessons Learned , was launched in May, exposing a series of reflections brought to the public opinion from the Alda experience in the diverse communities where it works. It presents several analyses made by key actors in these communities regarding the complex situation generated in these months of crisis by the COVID19, the lessons learned, the good practices implemented, as well as projections for the future, based on the whole experience.
The main objective of the series of analyses is to contribute elements from the resilient experience of the communities, with a view to directing public policy plans and programmes for the smart quarantine and post-pandemic period, seeking to become, at the same time, a reference for further research in the field.
The first article is available in: https://bit.ly/3do4MBa
Beginning the fiscal year, the CCFC Christian Children’s Fund of Canada supported the socialization of a series of materials from Unicef Paraguay called “Love of Reading”, made up of graphic and audiovisual content about early stimulation in children aged 0 to 3 years old.
By means of these resources, parents and caregivers now have recommendations and practical pieces of advice to develop games and attractions for young children with elements that can be found at home.
On a day of knowledge exchanging through the Whatsapp platform, a proposal was socialized with ideas and recommendations to be implemented by teachers of official schools, encouraging them to be protagonists in the elaboration of their own videos for the development of their classes, based on how important it is for children to see their teacher in the materials that accompany their learning.
All of this comes in response to the health regulation which establishes that classes should be given in distance-learning mode.
The contents were prepared within a plan specifically elaborated for schools of the city Altos which work with the support of Ministry of Finance and Raíces Real Estate.
Using music and dancing as an expressive means, the Joven Adelante team worked on the development of emotional skills and the prevention of high-risk behavior, through body expression, dancing and music. All the experience was put into a mini project that allowed us to connect with these wonderful young people who are there, still working, studying and in high spirits.
The group of university students selected a song and took on the challenge of making a video that sparks emotion and joy. The song chosen was “Celebra la vida” and the experience resulted in an emotional video clip. The clip can be seen in Fundación Alda’s social networks:
With a series of reflections about what it is, what it does and, above all, why it does it; Alda celebrated with its audience its 17 years of institutional life.
In the words of its president and founder, Jordi Robinat, “(…) we collaborate in transforming the realities of children, young people and families, helping them to progress, take advantage of opportunities and make their voices heard (…)”. Alex Loza, vice-president, commented on the team’s passion and vocation, with the words “(…) a deep sense of responsibility towards children, adolescents and communities”. Lucia Paulo, executive director, reflected on the process that led to the development of “(…) communities that put children and their well-being first, being educators and protectors of all their members (…)”. The general coordinator, Soledad Rosa described her experience in Alda as “(…) when everyone puts the best of their abilities to serve with a positive and proactive attitude”.
Finally, Juani Rojas, who is in charge of the human development deparment and one of the oldest collaborators of the institution, defined Alda as “(…) constant learning. The sharing of knowledge, experiences and challenges along with the immense satisfaction of communities transforming for the sake of the development of their children and young people”.
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Invited by the consulting firm of Corporate Social Responsibility, La Tua Mela; Fundación Alda participated of a live stream on Instagram on the topic “Learning to learn at home”, seeking to provide audience with a series of tools which enable children to be integrated to the day by day, allowing them to learn about maths and other subjects or disciplines in a fun way from home.
Juani Rojas, who is in charge of the human development department of Fundación Alda, shared practical and specific recommendations for the time of quarantine, in order to continue developing capacities and learning in children and adolescents from home.
Messages in audiovisual format with the slogan “Play at home, play with the family” were broadcast by the Minister of Childhood and Adolescence , Teresa Martínez and the Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare, Julio Mazzoleni on ocassion of the World Play Day. Along these messages, the series of awareness content about the importance of playing as a means to develop abilities was launched.
Games such as Koreko gua (Peekaboo) , tuka’e kañy (Hide and Seek), hopscotch and others, have been proposed to be incorporated into family routines, in order to promote play as a starting point for the expression and development of physical, psychomotor, intellectual, emotional and social skills from the earliest age.