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Skills Development

Welcome to CENFACS’ online diary!

01 November 2017

At the start of this week’s post, we would like to thank those who responded to our two days of Making Memorable Difference last week.  Your responses have made a memorable difference too.  Many thanks!


The projects and activities making the contents of November 2017 at CENFACS will be:

√ Skills Development as the main November feature of our development calendar

√ CPSAC (Climate Protection and Stake for African Children) – Phase 2 with AsWhat Bonn SayNears like climate advocacy theme

√ Women and Children FIRST Development Day with End Poverty in all its forms for Women and Children everywhere as our working theme

√ The next issue of Autumn Individual Capacity Development Programme (ICDP) resource (Festive Income Boost) with Online Income Generation as the Season’s theme.

To the above, we need to add the continuation of A la Une Campaign and other ongoing programmes, campaigns and projects. 

For this week, we have selected three of the above initiatives for your readership and engagement, which are: Skills Development, As “What Bonn Say” Nears, and Festive Income Boost.  

 November Month: Skills Development

November is the month of education and training which revolve around the development of skills for life, for work and for poverty relief and development at CENFACS.  It is the month during which we look into ourselves and try to assess, explore and learn the skills we need in order to further reduce poverty in a sustainable way amongst ourselves and re-engage with the business of development.  It is also the training implementation month during which educationally related projects or projects that involve training, skills development and acquisition of new knowledge to help users and our Africa-based Sister Organisations to empower themselves with the educational tools and training resources they need to further reduce poverty. 

We all know that poverty is not only material or the lack of monetary income; it is even more the lack of knowledge, skills, know how and technologies than anything else.   Therefore, knowing and learning a skill can help further reduce poverty and set one on the right course of the development process. 

We strive to support those who want to learn a skill while we at CENFACS as an organisation plan our own training, learning and development programme from time to time when we can access both funding and training.  The November 2017 focus on ourselves will be on digital and media skills as well as capacity as we embark on the New Media and Digital Programmes.

To find out and or support the skills development month, contact CENFACS.

 As “What Bonn Say” Nears

Part of November 2017 is our continuing work on Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (CPSACPhase 2) with As “What Bonn Say” Nears.  We will be following:

  1. the next climate talks round related to the Twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will take place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn (Germany)
  2. the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol (CM13) which also take place the same dates at the same place
  3. the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CM1-2) which again take place on the same days and at the same place. 

Our follow up work on these talks is about to expect from the climate change negotiations and representations at these talks to make the Bonn gathering a progress from the Marrakech talks and the Paris Agreement regarding the protection of children against the impacts of climate change.

Recap on 2016 Climate Action

Our 2016 Climate Action month (April 2016) was devoted to the setting up of a new follow up strategy for the climate talks round.  As part of this new follow up, the following issues were highlighted and discussed:

  • Insurance claims and programmes for the vulnerable children victims of climate change
  • Loss and damage caused by the adverse effects of climate change
  • Integrating mitigation and adaption into poverty reduction strategies, programmes, projects and processes
  • Climate/green finance and aid for climate change-stricken children
  • Ways of managing disaster risk for children in unstable development contexts
  • Climate-change driven migrant children.

The 2016 Climate Action Month was more about Protection as we were in the Year of Protections at CENFACS than anything else.  The focus was on Protections of all children.

Now that we are in the Year of Communications for Better Change, our emphasis on Climate Action has gradually shifted by embracing climate communications for a better change for children while still retaining the essence of our climate project, which is CENFACS’ process of advocating better climate deals for children.  In other words, it is about finding ways of best communicating our anti-poverty messages to best protect children against the adverse effects of climate change. 

As we are embracing the New Media and Digital Programmes at CENFACS, we are in the process of finding a better way of using the new media and digital means of communications to enhance our messages for the same purpose of relieving children from climate adversity. 

What Bonn Say

This November climate focus will be on what climate change experts and participants to the next talks will say at Bonn Climate Change Conference regarding the 2016 issues (as highlighted above) in terms of progress made and outstanding climate issues. 

What Bonn Say (WBS), which is now near, is both a specific follow-up as part of CPSAC Phase 2 and an example of the application of the 2020-2030 Follow-up (or XX23F).  For more on XX23F, contact CENFACS and or read our previous posts in the archive section of this website and other resources in the CENFACS depository.  

WBS will consider previous unsolved and pending issues and new ones from climate talks.  We kicked off WBS in March 2017 with following engaging points which will continue until the start of the Bonn Climate Change Conference:

  • Better climate governance that works for and benefits children’s welfare and well-being
  • The political economy of negotiations for child protection against climate-induced poverty
  • Green and climate capacity building and education for child protection
  • Climate-friendly and children-friendly technologies for poverty relief
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes for children and future generations.

The above sharing advocacy or campaigning points/contents are the ones that we will be monitoring besides the other issues which may emerge from the Bonn Climate Change Conference. 

To engage with CENFACS and or support CPSAC-Phase 2, contact CENFACS.

NEXT ISSUE OF AUTUMN ICDP RESOURCE (Festive Income Booster): Online Income Generation

The next issue of our Autumn ICDP (Individual Capacity Development Programme) resource, known as Festive Income Boost and which is designed to support Multi-dimensionally Income Poor, Young People and Families, will focus on various ways of generating income by using online and digital technologies.   

Indeed, some income poor families can find more convenient to use traditional means of generating a little extra income.  In the contrary, others who managed to overcome digital and communications poverty barriers by acquiring some basic digital skills can explore ways of generating a little extra income via the opportunities of digital and online worlds and markets.

The Autumn ICDP resource provides some income generation leads and tips on this matter, which will include the following: get paid by filling an online questionnaire and or survey, pay per click, online selling of unwanted and unneeded household items etc

The resource also reminds us the areas of law or legal requirements in terms of whatever we do to try to raise additional household income to reduce poverty.

The resource finally covers online security and protection when trying to generate a little extra income to make ends meet.

The resource will be available as a booklet from CENFACS eStore.  It is normally free of charge but we will appreciate a donation of £5 to help us help reduce poverty and the cost of producing this resource.

To order and or find out more about the Autumn ICDP resource, please contact CENFACS with your contact details.

Thank you for supporting us and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits to CENFACS website and continuing support.

With many thanks!


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