Bali Children’s Project Launches 2024 Child Protection Program

Denpasar, Bali – February 12, 2024

In a significant step towards safeguarding the well-being of children in Bali, the Bali Children’s Project has commenced its 2024 Child Protection Program. The initiative, aimed at raising awareness about abuse and empowering children to respond effectively, is already making strides as the first round of training workshops kicks off in Denpasar.

BCP’s Gusti Mahardiyani welcomes teachers to the first workshop in February 2024

Abuse awareness in Indonesia lacks a formal curriculum, meaning many children are left vulnerable and uninformed. Bali Children’s Project, recognizing this critical gap, has been helping schools and teachers to develop the infrastructure to change this.

The start of the 2024 program marks a milestone in the organization’s efforts to expand its reach and impact. Building on previous years successes, the project aims to extend its comprehensive resources and training to the remaining 951 elementary schools in Bali.

Having previously completed five regencies in previous years (Bangli, Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangasem and Badung), 2024 will see the remaining four regencies supported (Gianyar, Denpasar, Klungkung and Tabanan).

Teachers are tasked with bringing back their knowledge to other teachers in their school

The training workshops, which have already begun in Denpasar, are designed to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and tools to conduct abuse awareness sessions independently. By incorporating abuse education into the curriculum and fostering community collaboration, the program seeks to create a culture of vigilance and support around child protection.

The first port of call in 2024 is Denpasar, Bali’s most populous region. With 239 government elementary schools in the regency, it is a huge undertaking to reach every school. Through 5 days of workshops and 48 schools represented at each workshop, Bali Children’s Project is able to impact every single school.

Teachers are given access to an online YouTube channel, training handbooks and booklets

Since its inception, the Bali Children’s Project has witnessed a growing demand for its abuse awareness workshops, indicating a pressing need for such initiatives in schools. By leveraging online resources and forging partnerships with education boards, the organization has been able to streamline the delivery of its programs and maximize their impact.

Looking ahead, the Bali Children’s Project aims to continue its expansion efforts, with plans to engage the remaining regencies of Gianyar, Klungkung, and Tabanan in the coming months. Through a combination of training, advocacy, and community engagement, the organization remains committed to creating a safer environment for Bali’s children.

Bali Children’s Project emphasizes the importance of monitoring and evaluation to ensure the effectiveness of its programs, including this Child Protection effort.

Dedicated staff members actively engage with participating schools, collecting data on student attendance, workshop outcomes, and feedback. Through regular in-person assessments and follow-ups, the organization aims to track progress, identify areas for improvement, and maintain accountability.

Learning how to deliver fun and engaging educational activity

After a successful trial in 2023, Bali Children’s Project will also be spreading the program wider, enabling teachers at hard-to-reach communities to also benefit from the program. This is done through online workshops, with Mataram in Lombok receiving Zoom sessions for teachers.

This allows Bali Children’s Project to break down geographical barriers and sets the precedent to ensure that children across the nation have access to crucial abuse awareness education.

By leveraging digital tools, the Bali Children’s Project is not only making its programs more accessible but also laying the groundwork for a nationwide movement towards child protection and empowerment.

As the 2024 Child Protection Program gains momentum, Bali Children’s Project thanks supporters The Mel Wolf Foundation, who are supporting this program once again.

Celebrating the first batch of teacher training workshops in Denspasar

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