“Child Participation is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The “participation rights” enshrined in the CRC are summarized by UNICEF as follows – “Children are entitled to the freedom to express opinions and to have a say in matters affecting their social, economic, religious, cultural and political life. Participation rights include the right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association.”
The international network known as COPORE (Competencies for Poverty Reduction) was coordinating a large project involving 14 partners.
In February 2010 a competition for European organizations actually working in the field of poverty reduction was held under the banner of COPORE. David Bisset prepared an article to present Equilibrium’s ‘modus operandi’, difficulties and achievements in the delivery of integrated social services based on our experience in managing the Ruse Complex for Social services.
This manual has been designed for use by teachers / youth workers who are concerned to adopt informal, interactive teaching methods that introduce children to ‘experiential learning’.
Experiential Learning basically means learning from physical engagement and a process of exploration rather than from instruction. The Equilibrium team believes that it is important that, as far as possible, this takes place within the community that surrounds the school that the children attend. Participation in civic society permits children to positively contribute…