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June 13, 2024

Localization for Early Childhood Development and Child Protection in Guatemala

Young children in a circle on a basketball court with teachers/caregivers.

In Guatemala, children and their caregivers face severe impacts from entrenched socioeconomic injustice, with intertwined and emerging consequences. Violence, organized crime, the lack of educational and livelihood opportunities, and family reunification drive internal displacement and migration from mainly the western, predominantly Indigenous regions of the country. 

During this webinar, participants will focus on identifying effective strategies that support local organizations and employ a “whole family” or “two-generation” approach to early childhood development and protection for children on the move and their families. This event is part of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Promoting Early Childhood Development for Young Children on the Move in Northern Central America, an effort to learn from innovative community-based responses to address the early childhood development (ECD) and protection needs of children aged 0 to 6 on the move and in displacement settings in northern Central America. This collaborative project is funded by the Bainum Family Foundation's Global Education Fund (GEF), which seeks to increase equity in access to quality early care and education for young children worldwide by supporting and learning from local community-led projects serving children and families. The goal is to share knowledge and innovation through co-creation.

The webinar will be held in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation. We encourage participants to submit their questions for the speakers in advance, in either English or Spanish, to globalchildren@georgetown.edu

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Participants

Nancy Yomira Roblero Pérez

Nancy Yomira Roblero Pérez

Nancy Yomira Roblero Pérez is the founder and director of JXC (Jóvenes por el Cambio). JXC was created in February 2015 to integrate children, adolescents, youth, women, indigenous people, and other vulnerable populations in processes aimed at strengthening human capital, promoting the capacities that each person has, giving them the necessary tools to discover the talent and value they have to create leaders in their communities, and providing more outreach to the beneficiaries in migration and human rights issues. Other issues JXC addresses include education for human development, the environment, culture and indigenous peoples, health and sports, and gender equity.

Nikki Enersen

Nikki Enersen

Nikki Enersen is a foreign service officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She leads the Children, Youth, and Families team and the Indigenous Peoples Program and is the acting deputy director for the Inclusive Development Hub. Enersen previously served in Guatemala, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and the West African Regional Missions.

Corey Oser

Corey Oser

Corey Oser is the Vice President for Programs at Global Fund for Children. She heads the grantmaking and capacity-building programs at the Global Fund for Children, leading efforts to empower and support youth-oriented organizations globally. Global Fund for Children (GFC) partners to build a world where all children and youth enjoy equal resources and opportunities in society and live free from violence, discrimination, and exploitation. To that end, GFC invests in innovative local organizations, helping them deepen their impact and build their capacity for social change. 

Marta Xicay

Marta Xicay

Marta Xicay is the program coordinator on the Global Fund for Children's Americas team. She supports a network of civil society organizations in Guatemala as part of the Educational Recovery in Central America (RECARGA) initiative. As a Maya-Kaqchikel woman, Xicay deeply understands the region's context and culture.

Mara Tissera Luna

Mara Tissera Luna (moderator)

Mara Tissera Luna (moderator) is a program manager at the Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, where she leads the Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Promoting Early Childhood Development for Young Children on the Move in Northern Central America. She is an international consultant focusing on forced displacement and protection in Latin America and the Caribbean and is a member of ACPHA’s Localization Advisory Group and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. 

Saul Interiano

Saul Interiano

Saul Interiano is the founder and director of COINCIDIR, a Guatemalan organization focused on children's and youth's rights, especially those who are excluded and at risk. With a recognized track record and a multidisciplinary team committed to gender equity, it aims to be a reference in direct care and in generating knowledge about the realities of childhood that help implement more assertive actions to transform them. Its principles are centered on empathy towards children and youth, promoting an active and committed activism that overcomes social indifference and economic dependence.