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Marieke Hopman

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1 augustus 2017

CAR report: a dilemma

1 augustus 2017 | By | 2 Comments

Dear all,

I am coming to the end of my case study on the child’s right to education in the Central African Republic, and slowly starting on the last case study in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Of course part of my efforts are directed to trying to make as much of a difference for CAR children as possible based on my research results.

To this purpose, I have written a research report on the case study which includes advise for different actors involved such as NGOs, politicians but also teachers. Together with the CAR minister of education I wrote a plan on how we could use the research data to really make a change in the CAR – a plan that involved organizing a national dialogue on the national radio and in different villages, translating the research report into Sango and printing and distributing the report. However, by now I have approached quite a few different actors (NGOs, political actors) with this plan and so far it seems that no one is willing to finance and/or execute it.children following class outside

Today I got a phone call from a journalist – I have been getting quite a few of those; the media seems to be very interested in the report. I have been holding them back, telling them to wait for the publication of the report. However, today this journalist told me that if I don’t publish soon, the media will have no more interest because it will have been too long since I was in the CAR.

So here’s the dilemma: currently I do not have the money to
– pay for the graphic design of the book (which I think is crucial for anyone to read the report) (costs about € 3.500)
– pay for the printing of the report (costs at least € 5.000 – 7.000)
– pay for being able to go back to the CAR and present the research results so that it can actually have an impact in the country (costs at least € 2.000)
– pay for the translation of the report from English to French (costs € 600)

I signed up for a call for action research of Maastricht University, to win € 3000 to be able to help the children in the CAR, but I will only hear at the end of August whether I have even been selected to compete for the prize in September. Another crowdfunding is not feasible at this point either, since my students are already preparing a crowdfunding for the Cyprus case which also still needs funding.

So what to do??

  1. Wait until I find a sponsor for this part of the project and give up on (at least part of) media attention for the research
  2. Publish the report online early September, and reach out to media, with or without graphic design, or even print it – I could cover these costs from my research budget at the Maastricht University Children’s Rights Research Fund, and hope for the best in trying to get to the end of the PhD without serious financial shortage
  3. Do I go back to CAR to share the research results or not?? I feel that if I don’t, in a way, it feels like it has all been for nothing. I do not think that international attention for the case will really change anything for CAR children.

So if anyone has a great idea about what to do, or a very rich uncle who is looking for a great purpose for about € 10.000 –  €15.000 (all reported on and controlled by the independent Maastricht University Children’s Rights Research Fund), please share!!!

Marieke Hopman

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15 mei 2017

Upcoming event: being young in times of conflict

15 mei 2017 | By | No Comments

Dear all,

Just a short message to let you know, and invite you to, an event where I will be speaking on the 1st of June. The event is titled “Being young in times of conflict: Readings from the Central African Republic“. As the organizers write: “While rebel-leaders and combatant- voices tend to reach our media sources, the voices of ‘ordinary’ young people have difficulty being heard both within the country and abroad”.

In addition, today the children’s rights index 2017 has come out today. This index ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. CAR has been ranked LAST IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

So, even more reason to take an interest in the young people of this country!! You can read about, and register for the event here.

 

Marieke Hopman

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28 april 2017

Overzicht inkomsten en uitgaven 2014-2016

28 april 2017 | By | No Comments

Beste allen,

Hierbij deel ik graag met jullie een overzicht van alle inkomsten en uitgaven van het onderzoek, over de periode 2014-2016. Zoals je kunt zien, komt het meeste geld binnen wanneer ik onderwijs geef en projecten coördineer – dit zijn werkzaamheden die ik doe, in ruil waarvoor instellingen een donatie overmaken naar het onderzoeksfonds. Een belangrijk deel van de inkomsten komen van donaties – heel veel dank daarvoor!!

overview costs income

Het grootste deel van de uitgaven bestaat uit de beurstoekenning (een maandelijks bedrag van € 1.630. Dit bedrag zal gelijk blijven voor de hele onderzoeksperiode, resulterend in jaarlijks < € 2.500 lager dan een reguliere PhD medewerker). Reiskosten en overige kosten bestaan uit kosten voor de twee veldonderzoeken (transport, vertaler, overnachting, etc) en wat kosten gemaakt voor het onderzoek zelf, zoals de aanschaf van boeken. Voor een meer gedetailleerd overzicht van alle kosten, zie:

Als u kinderrechten onderzoek wilt steunen, kunt u hier een donatieformulier invullen

 

Marieke Hopman

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13 april 2017

Published: Lipstick Law!

13 april 2017 | By | No Comments

Beste allen,

Met veel plezier kondig ik aan dat een stukje van het theoretische frame van mijn onderzoek – waarbij ik pleit om wetten te begrijpen door niet alleen de wetboeken te bestuderen, maar ook te kijken naar de regels die bepalen hoe mensen leven – is gepubliceerd in de Journal of Legal Pluralism!

Je kunt het artikel hier gratis lezen. Kijk aub ook even onderaan naar de “acknowledgments”!

Een korte verdere update; de komende 2 weken rond ik zowel het rapport over onderwijs in CAR, als het academische artikel over wetten in CAR, af. Daarna hoop ik een uitgebreide nieuwsbrief te sturen, met een update over afeglopen werkzaamehen en financiële verantwoording van kosten en baten over 2016. Dus u hoort snel weer van mij!

Marieke Hopman

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29 januari 2017

Recht op onderwijs en de autoriteit van een CAR dorpshoofd

29 januari 2017 | By | One Comment

Transcribing interviews today, and came across this conversation where I was discussing authority and the possibility to create a school in the village with a village chief. The question: can he tell the literate parents of the village to all teach a few hours a week, so that the children will have education?
 
Resp:       They cannot accept to teach if we don’t pay them.
MH:          But what if they would just teach half a day a month?
Resp:       That would be good, but it is not possible. They have to go fishing. If they don’t go, how                      will they feed their children?
MH:          I have trouble believing that teaching for only 4 hours a week will make the difference                          between eating and not eating.
Resp:       I cannot command them. If they don’t want to, can you force them?
MH:         You are the chief, do you not have that power?
Resp:       I have power, but I cannot force people.
MH:         So what kind of power do you have in relation to education?
Resp:       If I command someone, who wants to go fishing, to teach and to force them to teach?
MH:          I am just curious to see how it works in the village, the relation of power, authority and                         autonomy…
Resp:      Before, the young people were receiving the village chief. Nowadays, after the arrival of                       human rights [a relatively new concept in the village, apparently], if you ask them to do                      something, they don’t accept it. When they don’t accept it, you have no right to take it by                    force.
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28 december 2016

Coming back from CAR again

28 december 2016 | By | 4 Comments

Dear all,

Since two days I am again back in the Netherlands, and even on the plane I started working on processing the results. There is so much information, so many impressions, and I am hoping to have a report and a PhD chapter finished in two months..!
Today I wanted to make the last video journal but I cannot really get myself to watch the images just now. It is my second time coming back from CAR and it is not necessarily easier. I guess when you are in the middle of it, you kind of absorb and postpone all emotional reactions. Then when coming back, it kind of hits you in the face. Which is normal and good, but, I just need a minute :). So the video is coming up soon, but not just now. In the meantime I just wrote a poem – it’s not a very good one, but I think it explains very well what it’s like coming back, and what reality in CAR is like. For now, it is all I can do not to get back on the next plane to Bangui…

It is usually around 4PM
I’m studying, I’m reading,
I’m listening, I’m understanding
taking a nice, analytical
distance

Until at 4PMDCIM100GOPROGOPR0383.JPG
it hits me
reality
I go out for a cigarette
my stomach starts hurting
I go to the toilet
I sit, I shit,
I lost
again

Reality sweeps me off my feet
turns my head upside down,
saying
Remember what you did?
Remember whom you talked to?
Remember you did not go back
to see if they were still
alive?
Remember the one trustworthy
government official
with his crooked reading glasses
who told you everything
who got killed?
Remember the girls?
Remember those you left
behind, who are waiting,
hoping, praying, while
things are getting worse?
What are you doing,
sitting on a sofa, reading
a book?
When do you go back
to die with them?
What gives you the right
to leave?

I know I don’t have a right to anything. I don’t
need to take this warm shower, wear
these warm clothes, glasses, wine, throwing
away the food that we did not finish,
using lamps,
heating the whole house,
playing violin.

But I don’t know what
else to do.

Marieke Hopman

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21 november 2016

Video journals research CAR

21 november 2016 | By | No Comments

Dear all, I just shared the video journal of day 11-15 of doing research in the Central African Republic. If you are not on the maillist yet but you want to be, please let me know so I can send you the videos too!
You can let me know by sending an email to marieke.hopman@maastrichtuniversity.nl, or by replying below.

 

Marieke Hopman

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10 november 2016

Video dagboek CAR deel 2

10 november 2016 | By | No Comments

Beste allen,
Afgelopen zaterdag ben ik voor de tweede keer geland in de Centraal Afrikaanse Republiek. Deze keer wil ik graag een video dagboek bijhouden. Vanwege de veiligheid deel ik dit nu liever niet publiekelijk, dus mocht je het willen volgen, stuur mij aub even een berichtje (marieke.hopman@maastrichtuniversity.nl) dan stuur ik een link met de videos.

Hartelijke groet,
Marieke

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27 oktober 2016

Resultaten onderzoek op Radio 1

27 oktober 2016 | By | No Comments

Goedemorgen! Vanmorgen mocht ik live op radio 1 praten over de eerste resultaten van mijn onderzoek. Waarom wordt het recht van kinderen op onderwijs geschonden in de CAR? Zij hebben geen toegang tot onderwijs bv omdat er in de straat wordt geschoten. Als ze dan wel naar school kunnen gaan is de kwaliteit van het onderwijs zo slecht dat ze als nog weinig leren, en tot slot leren ze met name overleven in een extreem gewelddadige omgeving – zelfs in de klas.

Je kunt het interview hier terugluisteren: http://www.nporadio1.nl/de-ochtend/onderwerpen/380628-gebrek-aan-onderwijs-in-een-land-zonder-liefderadio1-27okt

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17 oktober 2016

Zonder sociale interactie lukt het niet

17 oktober 2016 | By | No Comments

Artikel uitgekomen vorige week in VOS/ABB magazine. Over de socialisatie taak van onderwijs, en waarom thuisonderwijs (daardoor) in principe geen goed idee is. Inclusief interessante reactie van een thuisonderwijs – moeder.

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