What is 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. Policies about children are often made about them, not with them. It is important that children can participate and are included. It is an important step in realizing the rights of children and also one of the core principals 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 self-believe.
- It impacts positively on community engagement and active citizenship, children can co-decide on matters that affect them directly
- Children have the right to be heard and the right to access to information.
What does KidsRights do?
Child participation is key in everything KidsRights does. KidsRights believes in the power of children and sees children themselves as changemakers. KidsRights supports local organizations to develop and strengthen child participation in their projects. In addition we work with local partners in three projects focused specifically on this theme.
KidsRights also published a report on child participation. The KidsRights report Child Participation: From Rights to Reality focuses exclusively on child participation and bring examples of the International Children’s Peace Prize winners.