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Webinar: "Education and alternative care"
Onsdag 23 Februar 2022, 13:00 - 16:00

The Danish Child Protection Network


is pleased to invite you to our fifth seminar


“Education and alternative care”


The seminar is part of a series of seminars organized by The Danish Child Protection Network under the overall theme of child protection through the promotion of transition homes and alternative family- and community-based care. 


  • When: Wednesday, 23rd of February 2021 at 13:00-16:00 (UTC+01:00) 
  • Where: Online on Zoom – Please register here:

 5) Education – 23 February 2022 – The Child Protection Network of Denmark


After registering, you will receive an email with a zoom link to participate in the seminar.

  • Participants:Civil Society Organizations, researchers, or individuals with an interest in exchanging experiences and methodologies to promote the UN Resolution on the Rights of the Child. We invite organizations and individuals both from Denmark and the Global South to join.   
  • Organizers: The Danish Child Protection Network (100% for the Children, ATOS, CKU, and SOS Børnebyerne)         


Seminar content:

The right to education as identified in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is also one of the key principles underpinning the Education 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 4. The 2019 UN Resolution, ‘The Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child’, also stresses how, “no child should be forced to give up family connections in order to escape poverty, or to receive care, comprehensive, timely and quality health services or education…

It is well proven that education in middle and low income countries can be one of the main drivers of children being separated from parental care. In this seminar we will explore the connection between education and alternative care and ways to prevent unnecessary family separation whilst guaranteeing access to education.  We will learn from the experiences of national and international experts working in different regions of the world and have the opportunity to engage in discussions. This subject is relevant to a wide range of organizations involved in educational projects and organizations who are engaged in capacity building and funding of CSOs.


Expert presentations:



Dr Marilyn Hoar was a Mathematics and Science teacher in Alberta, Canada before receiving her MA in Educational Leadership and her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She worked with School Improvement Projects in Qatar and United Arab Emirates before joining UNICEF as Chief of Education in Uzbekistan in 2010. Marilyn became the UNICEF Chief of Education in Nepal in 2014 and then in Kenya in 2019. In all three offices, she worked closely with Child Protection colleagues to ensure that education systems were focussed on what was best for the child, not what was easiest for the system. Initiatives included deinstitutionalization, reducing gender-based violence, addressing child marriage and eliminating child labour. 



Johnny Baltzersen has worked in education and development since 1992, designing and managing small to large-scale education change projects and sector-development programmes in e.g., Bolivia, China, Eritrea, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Tanzania, and Central Tibetan Administration/India. In 2010 Johnny initiated the establishment of the Danish NGO Community of International Cooperation in Education and Development/CICED. CICED is a member of the Child Protection Network. Currently, Johnny is the chairperson of CICED and is still working with partners in Mongolia to implement the Better School Start – Better School Life. The project engages 64 local communities and schools across Mongolia in improving home-based school preparation for nomadic children and the conditions in rural school dormitories.



Katja Gunnertoft Bojsen is Programme Coordinator at International Aid Services Denmark (IAS DK). IAS is a Faith Based Organization mainly working in the Horn of Africa and Sahel with both humanitarian aid and development. IAS has since its foundation 20 years ago worked with children with special needs and their right to inclusion in society and education. Katja is responsible for IAS’ Inclusive Education Program in Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Sudan. She holds a degree in Master of Science in Public Administration with a main focus on developing countries and international relations (2008). Katja has also been employed in The Ministry of Higher Education and Science as a Special Adviser.


The seminar will feature Dr. Chrissie Gale, International child protection consultant with specialism in child protection systems and alternative care. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Bristol and is an associate of the Alice Salomon Hochschule University, Berlin. Chrissy has had a long career working for CELSIS, UNICEF, Family for every child, among others.



The full seminar series   

In this seminar series, we invite organizations engaged in international development to discuss and learn more about issues related to child protection and children living in alternative care. In December 2019, the annual Resolution of the Rights of the Child addressed for the first time ever children without parental care in recognition of the vulnerability of this group of children. The purpose of these seminars is to explore how to use the Resolution and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, in order to safeguard and promote the rights of children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care.  

The seminars take place online in 2021-2022 and offer expert presentations on topics related to the Resolution and are an opportunity to discuss and share experiences to learn from promising practices and improve the protection and the quality of alternative care. 

Seminar 1) The right of every child to care 

Seminar 2) Domestic violence   

Seminar 3) Children on the move   

Seminar 4) Exploring preventive strategies     

Seminar 5) Education   

Seminar 6) Religion   

Seminar 7) Preventative Strategies

Seminar 8) Climate change


The Danish Child Protection Network is a network of NGOs that work with child rights and child protection and have a special focus on Alternative Care. The network constitutes a learning platform for exchange of knowledge and promising practices that strengthen and consolidate member organizations’ capacity to support the development of quality alternative care programmes in the framework of child rights and child protection. 
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Child Protection Network in Denmark, please contact: 


Alternative Care Talks 
Following the seminars the Child Protection Network will publish ACTalk videos related to the topic of the seminar, which will present the highlights of the workshops through interviews with relevant specialist. These ACTalks will be available on the website
 The Child Protection Network of Denmark – Promoting UN Resolution and Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children and shared widely on social media.