Children survivors of violence cared for at the Campus of Hope, and attending the School of Hope on campus, are joining the 16 Days of Activism Campaign 2016, as advocates of peace in the home, by promoting safe education for all.
“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”, the theme recognizes that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence that does not end, even when girls are in the act of gaining an education.
In their own simple ways, the children have engaged in reading activities, with the assistance of our visiting friends from the Christian Camping Program in Australia; took part in the Violence Free Rugby tournament coordinated by the Samoa Rugby Union; displayed the products of their livelihood trainings during the Disability Week organized by the Nuanua o le Alofa; while some have been trained for the upcoming weightlifting event hosted by the Samoa Weightlifting Federation.
Being literate, gaining confidence, being self-sufficient and becoming professional athletes are the rewards for the children’s education as per their engagement, which all encompass a sense of resilience. And the children survivors of violence have accomplished all these in the security of the Campus of Hope, their temporary home while their cases are progressing in court.
So while the world celebrate 16 Days of Activism, no other children in Samoa relate to the theme well with regards to safe education for all, besides the children survivors at the Campus of Hope. “We would not be able to achieve all these without the assistance of our durable partners and supporters.” SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang.
President of SVSG Samoa