Participation as a socio-educational approach
Our Peruvian partner, based in Cusco, Qosqo Maki, has embedded participation at the core of its organizational model—a community-based system built on the principles of co-management and freedom of expression between young people and educators. The objective is to provide children with the opportunity to actively engage in activities. Weekly meetings between educators and young individuals serve as a platform for discussions on daily life at the centre. According to a former young participant supported by Qosqo Maki, "Once a week, there was a meeting where everyone gave their opinion, everyone expressed themselves about what we were going to do. I think that helped us a lot". This operating model encourages them to voice their opinions on matters directly affecting them, empowers them, and supports them in developing autonomy.
Advocacy for and by young people
Youth participation is also fundamental to the Apprentice Reporters project initiated by Joachim Ambambo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project aims to utilize media as a tool for children living on the streets or in challenging environments to express their opinions, discuss their living conditions, and actively contribute to ongoing social debates within the community. The young participants in this project receive support from four of our partner structures in Congo: ORPER2, OSEPER3, Vivre et Travailler Autrement (VTA), and Jeunes au Soleil (JOS).
In Madagascar, our partner, the Plateforme de la Société Civile pour l’Enfance (PFSCE), has established a children's committee and organizes advocacy activities with youth participation. During Childhood Month in June, young individuals from PFSCE member structures took part in a program on Malagasy National Radio. A 14-year-old participant expressed, "It was an opportunity for me to express my opinions; it is also part of enjoying my rights". Such activities serve to raise awareness among communities and youth regarding children's rights.
Empowering youth with a voice is crucial for their support and protection, laying the foundation for the realization of children's rights. We are committed to promoting the active participation of children and youth, ensuring that every voice, without exception, resonates with their families, communities, and governments.
1 Articles 12,13,14,15 and 17 of the CRC
2 Œuvre de Reclassement et de Protection des Enfants de la Rue
3 Œuvre de Suivi, Éducation et de Protection des Enfants de la Rue