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From the left it is myself (Jaspreet Bal), Nguyen Thi Thanh, Polycarp Omara, Jette Erikson, and Kim Anh Thi Nguyen.
From the left, Jaspreet Bal, Nguyen Thi Thanh, Polycarp Omara, Jette Erikson, and Kim Anh Thi Nguyen at the University College Absalon in Roskilde, Denmark.


Humber joins international project to end violence against children

February 7, 2019

The Denmark Uganda Vietnam Exchange (DUVE) is a new health and social education project led by Denmark’s University College Absalon and co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project is aimed at solving the pervasive and universal problem of violence against children, while promoting internationalization in higher education. Humber’s Dr. Jaspreet Bal, professor in the Child and Youth Care program, is participating in the project and took part in the kick-off seminar this past December.

Violence against children is an inherently global problem that affects children in all countries and all societies, often in different modes but influenced by similar drivers and social conditions. Leveraging diverse perspectives from around the world, DUVE seeks to create learning opportunities for students and professionals and provide support for families and communities where children are most vulnerable.

Purpose-driven education and engagement

DUVE contributors are an interdisciplinary and international panel of healthcare and childcare professors, researchers and practitioners—among them Humber’s Dr. Bal. The team is building an online e-learning platform to develop and distribute learning material and teaching tools to help educate and engage both students and professionals.

The working group will initially concentrate on two specific challenges: violence against children in institutional settings and sexual violence against children. DUVE is closely tied to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which focus on ensuring quality education, gender equality and healthy lives and well-being for people of all ages, especially children.

“I think that it is really important that this project is in alignment with the United Nations 2030 Sustainability Goals and that the project can contribute to the personal, professional and educational development of our students, lecturers and educational programs,” says Hélène Taylor International Consultant and DUVE program manager with University College Absalon.

Internationalization in action 

The unique strength of collaborations like DUVE is that they leverage such a diversity of perspectives, experiences and specializations from around the world. It is truly an international endeavour that stretches across borders to share knowledge, learning and problem-solving capacities in order to take on an exceptionally complex issue affecting children and communities everywhere. The project represents Humber’s commitment to internationalization and is a way for us to strengthen our international partnerships and create new worldwide learning opportunities for our community.

“Working as a part of the DUVE team has allowed me to continue to bring the world to my classroom and bring my profession to the world,” says Dr. Bal who is excited to share the DUVE platform with Humber’s Child and Youth Care programs and the wider Humber community.

We’re looking forward to learning more about DUVE’s achievements and Humber’s involvement in the coming year.