The together times are designed to be whole conference experiential sessions where through innovative and interactive experiences both children and adults can fully interact and learn together. Over the week children and adults will progressively build constructive and meaningful relationships, in order to enable further work and projects on children’s participation.

Opening session 27th July: Partnerships

Building the relationships: getting to know each other, the week’s programme, and the Caux castle and it how it works. This will be conducted through games and interacting discussions and presentations.

The Blueprint: The idea 28th July: Key Note Speakers

An interactive plenary session with key note speakers. We explore some of the important factors in order to enable children’s participation through adult/child relationships.

Foundations: Relationships 29th July: Human Library

Every book has a story tell and these stories come from us. Through the use of the “Human library” approach participants will have the opportunity to learn through story telling with rich examples of experiences from around the world of children’s rights and democratic participation. At CATS 2015, books will become people and reading will become a conversation. The main hall will be set up like a library only people will be books and librarians will help readers to find the stories that interest them.

Walls: Group work 30th July: Moral dilemmas 

In this session we will organise small groups discussions around major moral, political and social issues that are important for children and young people, in particular, when thinking about the society that they want to share in building for their future and for that of children and young people all over the world.  The issues will be selected by children, young people and adults before the conference and the discussions will be co-facilitated, in different languages, by young people and adults.

Roof: Organisations/Insitutions 31st July: Children’s Rights Timeline 

Working together, the participants will build visual timelines from country to continent and finally a world view on the development of the history of child rights and the quality of childhood. They will be also asked to project into the future with the ongoing unfinished issues. Judith Diers, Chief, Adolescent Development and Participation section, UNICEF New York will make a presentation on the key learnings from this exercise and give input to the future developments.

Community/Society 1st August: Presentations & Interactive Experiences

Presentations from both children’s delegations and other key experiences which will be delivered in a moderated and interactive format co-designed and facilitated by children and adults.

Key learning 2nd August: Wrap Up & Key Learnings

A wrap-up and key learning session in order to both capture the important experiences, knowledge, and ideas, but also to look at the implications and practical applications for existing and future projects/programmes: “What we will be taking down the mountain?”

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