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Child Soldiers


Exploring conflict resolution in a workshop with children affected by armed conflict in northern Uganda


The Foundation's principal project in 2008/9 was requested by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), to assist with their International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Based in Turin and Geneva, IPEC has developed SCREAM, an arts-based package which can be used to educate children in all societies about such subjects as their rights and international law on the employment of children.

Bill Brookman acted as consultant to revise and devise a new module of SCREAM on Worst Forms of Child Labour, to assist potential child soldiers, porters, 'wives' and other young people to resist recruitment before, and assist rehabilitation after, armed conflict in developing countries, and as an educational tool for children in industrialised countries.

Bill made trips to Uganda in November 2008, and to Nepal in January 2009, to field test his new SCREAM module.


In 2008/9 Bill Brookman acted as consultant to revise and devise the International Labour Organisation's new module of SCREAM on Worst Forms of Child Labour, to assist potential child soldiers, porters, 'wives' and other young people to resist recruitment before, and assist rehabilitation after, armed conflict in developing countries, and as an educational tool for children in industrialised countries.

Bill made trips to Uganda in November 2008, and to Nepal in January 2009, to field test his new SCREAM module.

At present we are working with the United Nations in Somalia on their Militias and Armed Youth programme devising teaching packages using role-play and circus addressing Human Rights, anger management, conflict resolution and access to justice.