Collaboration Movement with Childhood and Youth of Latin America and Paz y Esperanza (Ecuador) win international prize “Wear my Shoes

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Amidst the celebration of the 32th anniversary of the Convention on Children’s Rights, World Prayer Day and Action for Children organised by Arigatou International, UNICEF, and the Global Net of Religion in favor of children, the Collaboration Movement with Childhood and Youth of Latin America and Paz y Esperanza were awarded,  in a ceremony held from Arab Emirates on this past November 19th , the first place of the international contest “Wear my Shoes,” an initiavie launched by Arigatou International which originally seeked to visibilize the quandaries in education that children face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Listening to the voices of children and teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic” is the audiovisual project awarded the prize that was presented jointly by the Collaboration Movement with Childhood and Youth of Latin America and Paz y Esperanza. In such, we can see the reality endured by children living in the Guayaquil northwest zone, like the San Francisco Cooperative, a very vulnerable periferic  area facing the prison of the cirty, a place where, in the past weeks, the most serious prison-related tragedies have been reported in the history of the country. The investigation carried out by the Paz y Esperanza Organisation, a member and a strategic ally of MCNJ (Collaboration Movement with Childhood and Youth of Latin America and Paz y Esperanza, as spelled in Spanish) visibilises the quandary and at the same time the voices of the children who require from the local authorities educational improvements to acces a quality education and equality of oportunities.

“This prize moves us, inspires us and makes us feel committed as an Organisation to move forward, since it highlights our mission of mobilising christian churches and holy organisations so the voice of the children are heard in Latin America. In this case, the voices of the Ecuatorian Children are being paid attention. We thank Paz y Esperanza for being a member, partner and strategic ally in the mission of defending and supporting children’s rights,” stated Lisbeth Souza, Executive Secretary of the MCNJ.

From Paz y Esperanza, the director of the Office of Ecuador, Dr. José Vinces, pointed out that this honorable designation by Arigatou International is received with joy “and we dedícate it to all Ecuador children, whose thoughts, feelings and voices need to be heard and considered, not just under this pandemic context, when their right to access education, among many others, has been violated, but at all times. The central position of children must be promoted by adults in all public, social, religious, educational and family contexts.”

The Collaboration Movement with Childhood and Youth of Latin America and Paz y Esperanza in Ecuador are christian organisations which promote, support and defend children’s rights, as well as their protection. To learn more, please contact  coordinacion@movimientonj.org

  y/o ecuador@pazyesperanza.org

To visualise the winning project, please visit https://youtu.be/WgeqOwdl850

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