Child participation - KidsRights

Child participation

Child Participation means that children can discuss and co-decide on all matters that affect them, like family, school, community matters, government policies, legal policies. It means that their voices are being heard. Rules about children are often made about them, not with them. It is important that children can participate and are included in discussing these rules. Participation is a right that children have, this is also part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Why is child participation important?

  • Child participation is positive for the development of children and youth; it increases self-esteem and confidence.
  • Child participation has a positive impact on the role that children can play in their communities and on the relation between children and adults within the community. Children can co-decide on matters that affect them directly.
  • Children have the right to be listened to and they have the right to access information.
What does KidsRights do?

Child participation is very important in everything that KidsRights does. KidsRights believes in the power of children and sees children as changemakers. We support local organizations to develop and strengthen child participation in their projects. KidsRights has invested the Children’s Peace Price project funds 2014 in three projects focused specifically on this theme. KidsRights offers children an international platform and supports them to speak out and stand up for their rights. We do this through the International Children’s Peace Prize and The KidsRights Youngsters. KidsRights also published a report on child participation. This report, Child Participation: From Rights to Reality, focuses exclusively on child participation and gives examples of the International Children’s Peace Prize winners.

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