Students at Arua Hill Primary School in Arua, Uganda, participate in a DUVE art workshop, where they’re asked to draw their interpretations of childhood abuse.

The Denmark Uganda Vietnam Exchange (DUVE) is an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union that aims to reduce experiences of violence against children around the world. We take an interdisciplinary, intercultural approach to the detection and prevention of childhood abuse, a complex and wide-ranging issue that affects more than one billion children around the world(1).

Violence against children affects young people all over the world and can take the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse(2). The issue is experienced differently in different countries and may take place in settings such as the home, at school and in the wider community setting(3).

With this knowledge, DUVE began as a partnership between academics, educators and healthcare practitioners in Denmark, Uganda and Vietnam, three countries where violence against children occurs in differing ways. Working with both established and aspiring practitioners in the teaching, social education and healthcare sectors, we’ve pooled our cultural and pedagogical knowledge to produce free teaching and learning tools that educators from around the world may consult when working to to reduce violence against children in their communities.

Our values are aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end all violence against children by 2030. The goal is listed under Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies and strives to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children(4).” The SDGs are a list of 17 goals adopted in 2015 by all 193 UN member states, which includes Denmark, Uganda and Vietnam. They serve as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” and include goals related to reducing inequality, improving access to education and eradicating hunger(5).

DUVE continues to work with stakeholders from Denmark, Uganda, Vietnam and beyond to share and exchange knowledge as we work toward reducing experiences of violence against children globally.