Organisations

Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)

UK

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24 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1AD

THET assists those who are responsible for training health care workers in the poorer countries of the world to reach their goals, so that they are able to prepare those who are being trained in the most appropriate and effective way for the tasks that they will be called to do, relevant to the needs of local communities. THET works with institutions and does not respond to individual applications for help. Much of the work of the Trust is to enable individuals to reach their goals set for them in the context of their home University or other instituation. To work with partners in Africa to strengthen healthcare training. By responding to their needs and working over long time scales we aim to help our partners to achieve their goals. Our work builds on the existing infrastructure and compliments the efforts of health authorities. We have been established for 15 years and have long term relationships with health institutions and professionals in over 8 african countries and with more than 18 UK hospital trusts.

Minority Rights Group (MRG)

UK

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54 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT

The Minority Rights Group works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide and to promote co-operation and understanding between communities. It does this through publishing reports and training manuals, working with partners on training events and maintaining a presence at international forums. It promotes the active participation of minorities and indigenous peoples in decisions affecting their lives, promotes the implementation of international standards, develops conflict resolution and reconciliation initiatives and advocates the needs for mainstreaming minority rights in development policies. Minority Rights Group International is a significant organisation in the field of cultural diversity. It also places a strong emphasis on gender issues, and some of the publications give a brief reference to issues that impact early childhood development, such as lack of access to health services for certain indigenous groups (though there is no specific programme on early childhood development). The resource centre is not open to the public

Tearfund

UK

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100 Church Road
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 8QE

Tearfund is a Christian international relief and development agency with more than 40 years' experience. We work with partners and the local church across the world to tackle the complex challenges of poverty. Tearfund is recognised as a leader in its work, integrating community development, disaster response and recovery, disaster risk reduction and advocacy.  Tearfund works in more than 50 countries worldwide, in partnership with communities, churches and local organisations to overcome poverty and injustice. 

Working Group on Early Childhood Development|Association for the Development of Education in Africa

Mozambique

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Royal Netherlands Embassy
PO Box 1163
Maputo

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a partnership between African ministers of education and their international partners. It provides a platform for exchange and dialogue on issues that affect the development of education in Africa. Much of ADEA’s work is carried out through a number of working groups formed round these issues. The Working group on Early Childhood Development (WGECD) was set up in 1996 with the aim of encouraging and supporting national governments in Africa to commit to and invest in ECD. The WGECD organised the conference on early childhood development in Accra in Ghana in 2005, entitled ' to advance the development of early childhood in Africa'. The main goals were to (i) ensure effective caring practices within the family and the community, (ii) ensure access to quality basic services and (iii) ensure a supportive policy environment

ActionAid International

South Africa

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PostNet Suite No 248
Private Bag x31
Saxonwold 2132
Johannesburg

ActionAid International works in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through long term development, relief and peace building work, ActionAid aims to secure lasting improvements in people's quality of lives and to support poor and marginalised groups to secure their basic rights to live a more fulfilled and dignified life. ActionAid works in partnership with over 2,000 civil society partners ranging from village-based AIDS support and women’s credit groups to national peasants’ movements and global education campaigns. ActionAid also works with national and local governments in poor countries to ensure that they respect, protect and fulfil their citizens’ human rights. ActionAid’s work reaches 13 million of the world’s poorest people and it employs 1,800 staff - 90% of them from developing countries

Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

France

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7-9 rue Eugène-Delacroix
75116 Paris

ADEA is a network of partners promoting the development of effective education policies based on African leadership and ownership. ADEA is a network of African Ministries of Education, Development Agencies, education specialists and researchers, and NGOs active in education. Its mission is to: promote dialogue and partnerships; develop consensus on policy issues facing education in Africa; reinforce African Ministries' capacities to develop, manage, and implement education policies; promote the sharing of experiences and successful strategies; and promote nationally-driven education policies, projects, and programs

APSIDES

France

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Maison des Sociétés
Square Grimma
Bron 69500

APSIDES focuses on the rehabilitation of physically disabled people in the community.

Pacos Trust

Malaysia

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PO Box 511
89507 Penampang
Sabah

The PACOS trust is a community-based organisation based in Sabah in Malaysia. It aims to improve the quality of life of the indigenous communities in the region through strengthening community organisations, strengthening indigenous knowledge systems and natural resource management, and improving early childhood care and development. The trust runs a variety of programmes, one being on community early childhood care and development. They run yearly training sessions for indigenous pre-school teachers on how to run a community pre-school. This programme also constantly re-evaluates the indigenous learning curriculum so that it is appropriate to the needs of the community

Woman Being Concern

UK

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K405, Tower Bridge Business Complex
100 Clement's Road
London SE16 4DG

Woman Being Concern's main mission is to mobilise the grassroot communities towards achieving sustainable development in Africa as well as other parts of the world where there is need to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people. In order to do this, the organisation seeks to empower women and community-based organisations (CBOs) through functional education, raising awareness of human rights and promoting social changes (including improved quality of health) that are real, positive and lasting.

Aims Organization

Pakistan

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Aims Complex
Muzaffar Garh
Jatoi District 34400

Objectives: to work for human rights (women, children, youth and farmers), to work for poverty alleviation, to work for physically disabled people, to work for the promotion of health facilities, to work for interfaith and social harmony, to work for environment development, to work for education (formal, non-formal, technical).

Education for All|United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (EFA - UNESCO)

France

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7 Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation programme 'Education for All' is a global campaign, born in 1990 at the World Conference on Education for all in Jomtien in Thailand. It has six goals, three of which are based around inclusive basic and primary education. These are (i) improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children (ii) ensuring all children have access to quality primary education by 2015, including girls and ethnic minorities, (iii) eliminating gender disparities in primary education by 2015. An evaluation undertaken in 1998 showed that these goals were only partially being met, with the worst performers in the South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. A new conference took place in Dakar, Senegal to reinvigorate committment to the Education For All programme. In the 1990s education was recognised as a right, and the important role it plays in social and economic development gave new momentum to NGOs and and civil society working in this area. Against this background, there is renewed optimism in achieving the aims of this campaign

Save the Children, Sweden|Radda Barnen

Sweden

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SE – 107 88 Stockholm

Save the Children Sweden is an active member of the International Save the Children Alliance. Outside of Sweden, Save the Children Sweden often works with domestic organisations so that they in turn can affect decision makers and legislation. They give financial support for short term projects, but mainly focus nationally and internationally on supporting, starting-up and running long term projects for children's rights. They work on projects with children of all ages, but have recently begun to explore the concept of human rights and 'evolving capacities' of young children, in particular regarding their work on young children and families. They supported a publication produced by the Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF entitled: 'The evolving capacities of the child'

Save the Children, Sweden|Regional Programme for South and Central Asia

Nepal

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G.P.O Box 5850
Khatmandu

Save the Children's regional office for South and Central Asia is run from Nepal. Their aim is to develop, encourage and promote improved programme development and planning through sharing information, programme knowledge and learning available in the South and Central Asia region in an accessible way. Save the Children Sweden, programme for South and Central Asia has recently undertaken a workshop in Nepal (February 2006) exploring the evolving capacities of the child in relation to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The workshop was run by Gerison Lansdown, author of 'The evolving capacities of the child'

Education for Indigenous children|Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committtee (BRAC)

Bangladesh

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75 Mohakhali
Dhaka 1212

The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) is a national Bangaldeshi development organisation, founded in 1972 to address the spiralling issues of poverty after the Liberation War. It has grown substantially since then, and core programmes focus on economic development, health, social development, human rights, legal services and education. It works at the grassroots level, but also aims to affect national policy on poverty reduction and social progress. The indigenous education project is part of the BRAC education programme. The two major target groups within this project are children with disabilities and children from ethnic minorities. The aims of the project are (i) to increase enrolment of indigenous children in mainstream education, (ii) to boost the self esteem of indigenous children, (iii) to create positive attitudes amongst mainstream communities towards indigenous people and (iv) use the indigenouse mother tongue as the language of instruction in primary education

Bokamoso Trust

Botswana

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PO Box 925
Ghanzi

The Bokamoso Trust is involved in an early childhood education training programme with a focus on conserving the culture and identity of the marginalised communities in West and North-West Botswana, particularly the San. The programme consists of three main sections: early childhood educators training; managerial and administrative support for village schools during field visits and training of parents and communities in early childhood care and education. The Bokamoso Trust is part of an affiliated group of eight NGOs working in Botswana and South Africa called the Kuru Family of Organisations. The common goal of the group is to empower the most vulnerable groups of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa

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