Thursday, 10 December 2015

Unicef - Children's Participation: From tokenism to citizenship



ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship

We continue the blog entries with materials connected with ENGAGE children participation.



The following is the third of three relevant materials from Unicef.

Children's Participation: From tokenism to citizenship is an educational essay for practitioners working on children rights and children participation education.

A nation is democratic to the extent that its citizens are involved, particularly at the community level. The confidence and competence to be involved must be gradually acquired through practice. It is for this reason that there should be gradually increasing opportunities for children to participate in any aspiring democracy, and particularly in those nations already convinced that they are democratic. With the growth of children’s rights we are beginning to see an increasing recognition of children’s abilities to speak for themselves. Regrettably, while children’s and youths’ participation does occur in different degrees around the world, it is often exploitative or frivolous.

This Essay is written for people who know that young people have something to say but who would like to reflect further on the process. It is also written for those people who have it in their power to assist children in having a voice, but who, unwittingly or not, trivialize their involvement.

For more information and link to the pdf version of the document, follow this link:

http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/100