The Wounded Warriors Canada Veterans Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program will provide an opportunity for veterans, competitively chosen to participate, to acquire a deep and broad understanding of the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of security sector actors to legally, humanely and effectively interact with children/child soldiers in domestic or foreign operational areas. This program will provide an opportunity to receive focused education in this field, and to develop academic and instructor/facilitation skills, which may be of benefit in all areas for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life and employment. As they reconstruct their skills and experiences, Canadian Forces Veterans become community educators and advocates, championing the Dallaire Initiative’s vision of a world where children are no longer recruited or used as weapons of war.
The Wounded Warriors VTECS program is the result of a partnership of Canadian organizations and individuals supporting the Dallaire Initiative in our mission to eradicate the recruitment and use of child soldiers around the world. Led by Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) and with the support of the Air Canada Foundation, we aim to provide opportunities for veterans of the Canadian Forces to successfully transition from service to civilian life. WWC seeks to provide opportunities to educate, train and develop veterans, especially wounded veterans, which will enable them to find full, part-time and/or contract employment.
The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative’s mission is to progressively eradicate the use of child soldiers through a security sector approach. The Dallaire Initiative conducts focused research on the plight of children affected by armed conflict, and most particularly child soldiers; training for security sector actors (military, police etc.) around the world on the phenomena of child soldiers; takes part in high-level domestic and international advocacy to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers and to hold accountable those responsible for these international crimes; and leads education into the root causes, and potential solutions, for this abuse of children.