The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted 30 years ago. Significant progress has been made in getting children into schools and lifting them out of poverty. But progress has not been even or fair. Participants will evaluate the implementation of CRC, particularly the right of the child to be heard. Children's increased involvement on matters that concern them can reduce inequalities. Participants will share good practices and recommend how to better involve children in decision-making processes and recognise them as active citizens for inclusive societies and shapers of our future. Children will address inequalities and the ways their participation at local level, at home or school reduces inequalities and positively impacts their journey towards adulthood.
Getting it right for children: Meaningful participation and equal opportunities
Equal opportunities to engage for equal opportunities. How to empower children to reduce inequalities and be real agents of change?
Three decades after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the term “meaningful child participation” still has to be defined
Young people are playing a significant role on issues such bullying, child marriage and climate change
One way to encourage more child participation is to support current activists
Input can also be encouraged at home, in school and in the community, notably in areas that often impact children disproportionately such as public transportation