Supporting education and related programs for the empowerment
of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

Community Education & Advocacy

 

Community Education


Community Education is an important aspect of the work of the Lasallian Foundation – educating donors, supporters, schools, students and the general public about development issues and the projects we support.

Issues covered in our Starfish newsletter included child soldiers in Sri Lanka, self help and micro-finance schemes in India, and the impact of the tsunami in India.

The Foundation continues its visits to De La Salle and associated schools across Australia (NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and WA) and New Zealand. Presenting to students and teachers about social justice, development and relief issues in our target countries, and the projects the Foundation supports and who are part the wider Lasallian family.

 

Advocacy

The Lasallian Foundation’s Board possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of children’s rights globally. This work complements and strengthens the work the Foundation’s project work.

Foundation Board members The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO and Sally Nicholes are both Directors of Child Rights International (CRI), a group working to ensure the rights of children are upheld in the justice system. CRI are currently working in Cambodia to set up child friendly courts, currently child offenders in Cambodia are held in adult prisons and mix with adult prisoners and there is no specialist Children's Court. CRI are working with Legal AId Cambodia, a Cambodian NGO, the Cambodian Department of Justice and the Australian Embassy to redress this issue.  Similar work is being done in Vietnam.  More information is available at their website http://www.childjustice.org

Lasallian Foundation Board Directors were guest speakers at the 2008 International Conference on the Rights of Working Children held in Cairns and in 2009 Lasallian Foundation Board Directors The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO and Sally Nicholes were involved in the World Congress on Family Law and Children Rights in Halifax, Canada.