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No painful blows or hurtful words...

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Abstract: Over the years in Guatemala there have been an increasing number of reports on ill-treatment and sexual abuse of children. These reflect poor childcare practice, the weakening social fabric and increased violence in the country. However, these reports are based on official figures, which show just the tip of the iceberg. The problem is much more serious. Working alongside local non-governmental organisations, Plan Guatemala carried out preliminary studies, research projects and studies at the local level. Results from these studies showed that many of the situations in which children are vulnerable are perceived by Guatemalan society as being acceptable and, in many cases, even normal occurrences. Rigid childcare models justify the use of violence towards children as an educational and disciplinary technique. Within this context, in February 2007, together with unicef and the International Child Development Programme (icdp), we began to implement workshops under the title of ‘I’m a person too’.
Authors: Dufourq, M.J.
Country: Guatemala
Category: Practice
End Page: 16
Serial number: 109
ISSN: 1387-9553
Volume: November
Journal: Early Childhood Matters
Keywords: children , communities
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2007
Region: Central America
Right: © 2007 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Culture, Society and Religion
Start Page: 14
Title: No painful blows or hurtful words...