About 800 people aspire to become professionals in childcare | A proposal that began in October in the city of Salta

From Mother’s Sun Foundation. Since October last year, a project has been launched that aims to create a training course for care and attention for boys and girls in the province. This includes a series of trainings that will enable the development of work skills for child rearing.

The initiative seeks to classify this activity so that it is recognized as a skilled trade by both those who employ it and those who carry it out, something which is part of the claim that for years demonstrated to recognize caregiving tasks as labor activity that must be remunerated, in accordance with the labor legislation established.

The President of the Sol de Mama Foundation, Lolo Doric, explained to Salta/12 that there are different ways of approaching the job profile of a childminder or carer, as “many times a career begins with performing general tasks in services in private homes and then moves on to childcare as a specialist activity” .

In other cases, these tasks begin informally by taking care of people in the family and thus acquiring skills and competences that spark an interest in going through a training path. Another situation arises when there are people who find in caring for people an activity compatible with higher education.

“Regardless of how this sector of work is approached, since it is a professional activity, It requires the mastery of specific knowledge, the management of techniques and the development of multiple and varied skills.” expressed Doric. With this premise, the Foundation works to acquire this knowledge, especially when it has employment value and can be transferred to other work areas.

The training offer started in October last year and so far at least 800 people have accessed the training. Dorich said that the aim of the initiative is to develop and strengthen the skills for quality professional performance in the care and attention of boys and girls. For this reason, training provides the necessary tools to improve the employment position of workers who wish to train in this labor sector.

In this sense, he pointed out that two dimensions are taken into account in order to become professional as caregivers of boys and girls. On the one hand, the recognition of the task from the reward, that is, at the workplace. On the other hand, the point of view of law is taken into account.

Doric stated that “citizens and citizens have the right to be cared for and cared for throughout the various stages of life.” Therefore, depending on each person’s needs, this care may be temporary due to illness or needed at the extremes of life, such as infancy and old age.

In this double condition “care is characterized as an element of social protection”, he said, stressing that this means that both the person being cared for and the person being cared for must be protected.

Single-parent households suffer the most

Doric’s proposal is shaped by the need to make it visible that housework and care are mostly unpaid, especially when those performing them are women. This inequality has led Doric to promote – since 2014 – activities that make visible the rights and difficulties faced by families of single mothers who are solely responsible for the mother.

This work led her to confirm that households headed by mothers “are the ones that suffer the highest levels of poverty and exclusion”.. This scenario makes them unable to pay for services, feed their children properly, access better education or have a more stable and formal job.

In this sense, Dorrick argues that “many mothers are struggling not only from the economic and judicial system” because on top of that is the “real crisis of caregiving.” She pointed out that the low participation of women in the world of work and the lack of public policies that accompany it “worse indicators of poverty and inequality”.

The president of Fundación Sol de Mamá recalled that during the pandemic many mothers had to change jobs or leave the one they had. “The decline in their labor activity is 70% greater than that of other women. This situation affects, among other things, income levels’accurate.

Although the country has overcome the most critical health context in the face of covid-19, Doric questioned that “the recovery of employment (for women) is incomplete, slow and uneven.”

He said that “activation or reactivation in the world of work does not accompany the acceleration of inflation”, which causes the greatest suffering on women in two main aspects: the tasks of caring for the sick, children and the elderly, and unpaid work in the household . “This helps explain the significant difference in the dynamics of the overall female participation rate,” Held.

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