Lecciones aprendidas en la prevención comunitaria del trabajo infantil

SCRA-logo2-rgbEl Laboratorio de Redes Personales y Comunidades ha obtenido una Mini-Grant de la Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), para la elaboración de un video con las “lecciones aprendidas” por los facilitadores del programa de prevención del trabajo infantil “Edúcame Primero Colombia”, aplicado en Barranquilla.

Este proyecto está diseñado para facilitar la transferencia del programa a Lima (Perú), en el que se va a implantar un programa de características similares. A las acciones psicoeducativas se le añadirán en este caso estrategias de ajuste comunitario e implicación de las familias y de los barrios en los que se desarrolla la intervención.

A continuación reproducimos el resumen del proyecto que se lleva a cabo con la Mini-Grant de la SCRA:

Transfer and community fit of best practices for reduction of child labor from Barranquilla (Colombia) to Lima (Peru).

Edúcame Primero, Colombia is an evidence-based practice implemented in a network of schools and neighborhoods for preventing child labor. The intervention consists of academic orientation, socialization among peers and personal development activities, which are usually applied in academic institutions following the instructions of the educational materials of the program. These set of activities are shown to be effective in previous applications of the program in 172 schools from Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia). The intervention is effective improving academic performance and reducing absenteeism at school. There is also evidence of an impact in the number of hours of child labor, as well as the number of children doing some labor activities.

A group of psychology graduate students was selected to coordinate the activities in each school participating in the intervention. Each student was assigned to a particular school and adopted the role of “facilitator”, adjusting the program to the specifics of the context. During implementation they negotiated with the principal and teachers of the school, they were in contact with the families of children participating in the program, and they informally assumed a broker role between the school, the families and the neighborhood community organizations where the intervention was taking place. These activities were not originally planned in the program, but finally revealed to be essential for the successful implementation of the program. Facilitators assumed an unanticipated role of improving community fit of the intervention, adapting the program to the diversity of community contexts and schools.

The SCRA Mini Grant project will consist of the organization of a “lessons learned meeting” with facilitators, with the objective of detecting best practices and systematizing the strategies used to improve community fit of the intervention. The reasons for organizing the meeting are three-fold: (1) community adjustment activities of the facilitators were not foreseen in the design of the intervention, so that their experience and lessons learned can be lost if they are not properly evaluated and documented, (2) we are currently starting a new edition of the program, so that the lessons learned by the facilitators could serve to incorporate community fit strategies to program design, and (3) we are also preparing an application for the replication of the program in Lima (Perú) with Spanish cooperation for development funding, so the lessons learned meeting may contribute to the actions of design and transference of the program to a different context.

The lessons learned meeting will focus in the list of the actions that most contributed to the success of the project from the point of view of facilitators, as well as the things that could have gone better. Funding will be used for organizational costs of the seminar as well as editing a video on the experience of facilitators in each community context.

Project Application Code: 2014-01

Name of Applicant: Isidro Maya Jariego


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