Which workshop do you want to sign up for?

Every afternoon at CATS 2015 you can participate in a 2-hour workshop. Read below information about our diverse range of workshops to help you choose which one you want to take part in.

Please note that:

  • Each workshop is for all participants, ages identified above the workshops descriptions are only suggestions
  • All workshops will have interpretation facilitation if needed and possible

Workshop A. Children as Researchers: Consultation on UNCRC General Comment on the rights of adolescents

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 11+

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to make a real difference to how the rights of adolescents are realised around the world. How?

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has decided to produce a General Comment on the rights of adolescents. A General Comment is a document which sets out how governments must act to ensure that a particular right, or the rights of a particular group of children, are fully implemented.

The workshop will enable participants to undertake a consultation in order to provide feedback on a draft version of the General Comment which will be reported directly back to the Committee on the Rights of the Child when they meet in Geneva in September.

Session One: Participants will be introduced to a draft version of the General Comment and have a chance to discuss and comment on it.

Session Two: Using the draft General Comment, participants will be supported to develop the questions which can be used to find out the views of other young people.

Session Three: Participants will analyse the findings from the questionnaires and begin to explore some of the trends emerging from the results.

Session Four: Participants will draft the recommendations to the Committee based on the findings from the questionnaires. We will also explore how to present your findings and what to do with your research once it’s complete or how to use your research as a tool to achieve change.

This workshop will  be facilitated by: Gerison Lansdown and Darren Bird


Workshop B. Representation to participation – using photography to tell stories 

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English
  • Age 11+

The proposed workshop, run by PhotoVoice, will teach a range of skills to a group of adults and children, working together to curate an exhibition by the end of the week. It will teach visual literacy, basic photographic skills, encourage creative expression to help communicate individual perspective, facilitate group curation, and deliver outputs that can be used to help further dialogue programmes.

It will also raise important questions about informed consent, safety, and ethical representation.

The workshop will be designed to encourage group work between adults and children, with activities, games, and tasks set to help both understand the importance and benefits of photographic dialogue.

PhotoVoice’s methodology is scalable, and appropriate for a range of different ages and group sizes. While each programme is usually different, the engagement can be tailored easily to a mixed group of adults and children. The matrix below highlights how all of the different elements of the proposed workshops will build intergenerational skills.

PhotoVoice is a charity based in the UK but working all over the world. Since being established as a charity in 2003, PhotoVoice has delivered over 50 projects in over thirty countries. Through its innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methodology, PhotoVoice has enabled individuals and communities to have their voices heard by those who are often making decisions about them.

Specialising in working with marginalised and vulnerable communities, a PhotoVoice project teaches basic photography and communications skills, delivered in partnership with local organisations to ensure that our programmes are safe, ethically sound, and recognise informed consent.

The workshop will be facilitated by: Tom Elkins and Becky Warnock


Workshop C. Enhancing children’s participation through child-led information management

Information is Power: Learning how to manage information to enhance children’s participation

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English and Hindi
  • May be co-facilitated by adults and young children
  • Age 11+

Information is a key to effective protagonism of children. Children have to negotiate with various power centers to realise their rights, for which they need access to information that they access, generate and own. They require the tools and skills to use this information for collective bargaining and for creating awareness about issues of their concern. They need the capacity to manage information effectively. Our responsibility as adult facilitators is to enable and equip children to handle this so that children make the best use of information in order to assert their agency effectively and meaningfully.

Children need to have the knowledge, skills and tools for accessing, analysing and using information to make logical and constructive interventions on their behalf and also to advocate for effective solutions with policy makers. Children have the right to not only access appropriate information, in forms that are most relevant to them, but also to voice their views and concerns effectively. They need to understand and utilise the power of information in advocacy. They also need to have avenues of expressing their views and exchanging experience and ideas. This workshop demystifies information management for both adults and children and facilitates children to learn, create and apply various aspects of information management which include research, documentation and communication for advocacy. It enables adults to recognise the many ways in which information management by children ensures sustained participation of children and encourages them to reflect about the ethics and principles involved in facilitating information management by children that are sensitive to the age, ability, gender and situation of the children.

The workshop will be a collective, participatory and transparent learning process for both adults and children and a joint exploration for all the participants including the facilitators. The methods for facilitation will be dynamic and shall build on participants’ as well as facilitators’ existing knowledge and experience. It will also endeavour to create an environment of trust and openness that will encourage critical reflection and initiative. Based on the past experiences of working directly with children and adults on a range of issues, we will use a range of exciting participatory learning methodologies designed to examine (and challenge) attitudes as well as enhance skills and knowledge related to the theme.

This workshop will be facilitated by: Kavita Ratna and maybe young people


Workshop D. Flower and Ecology Workshop: Participation through nature

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English, French, Spanish and Russian
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 6+

The children who attend the Flower arranging course will have the opportunity to learn how to use flowers in new ways, using different materials, different containers and different flowers. There may be the opportunity for nature study of the environment as well, (weather permitting).

This workshop will be facilitated by: Elizabeth Loy


Workshop E. Empowering Youth for Active Leadership

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English, Polish and Hebrew
  • Co-facilitated by adults and young people
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 11+

In this workshop the participants will be exposed to possible tools, leading to young leadership development that will accompany them as they mature. The tools that will be shown and practised are based on the tools that Janusz Korczak developed in the 30 years of his leadership work with young people.

During the workshop two young leadership groups will show by means of their activities which skills they needed in order to develop and build their personal and group leadership. The young groups will demonstrate their activities and the type of skills and abilities that they use.

In the summing up session, the workshop will collect all the tools to which the participants were exposed to and show how they can be practised.

This workshop will be facilitated by: Dr. Avi Tsur and Batia Gilad


Workshop F. Advocacy for and with children

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and French
  • Co-facilitated by adults and young people
  • Accessible to children with specific needs
  • Age 11+

The main objective of the workshop, led by Eurochild, is to raise awareness on the importance of advocacy to promote children’s rights. It is designed to broaden the skills base and interests of the participants, both children and adults, and aimed to provide them with skills, knowledge and build their capacity to advocate for children’s rights.

The workshop will provide examples of current advocacy efforts by Eurochild and other partner organisations. It will further illustrate how children can be involved in decision making processes at a policy level, through child-led examples. Presentations are expected from children who have been involved in advocacy activities from Eurochild or its member organisations, as well as from Child Rights Connect or other Regional Child Rights Coalitions.

Participants will be led through a journey across the four days of the workshop as follows:

Tuesday: learning about the objectives of the workshop, what advocacy is about, what child rights and child participation is about, learn about advocacy tools and acquire skills to engage in advocacy work or self-advocate.

Wednesday: The International Coalition for the ratification of the third CRC Optional protocol on a communication procedure – an example of an international advocacy – case study presented by children from Asia or Latin America.

Friday: Investing in children – combining advocacy at UN, EU and national level. Children will present a case study of national level action to promote the fight against child poverty.

Saturday : Drawing lessons learned and building an advocacy message(s) out from the workshop to follow-up back home (hands-on session – split up in small groups: Lego workshop).

This workshop will be facilitated by: Mafalda Leal, Mieke Schuurman, and a group of young people.


Workshop G. I Trust in You If You Trust in Me: Building the partnership between Children and Adults to improve children’s rights to be heard

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English, Spanish and Italian
  • Co-facilitated by young people and adults
  • Accessible to children with needs
  • Age 11+

This workshop is led using non-formal education tools according with “L’Albero della Vita’s” pedagogical principle “learning having fun”. The use of play and tales are a particularity of this approach. The workshop is co-lead by adult facilitators and eight young people aging from 12 to 18.

The workshop gives participants the chance to experience how to build a relationship and to express their own point of view using both verbal and non verbal ways of communicating. Moving from the idea that it is possible to learn from the experience, facilitators lead participants – children and adults- through a set of activities aimed at increasing their self awareness, empathy and social abilities.

At the same time the participants will be led in exploring new ways of communication, verbal and non verbal, through the use of multiple expressive languages. Each meeting deals with one module that is built on a specific key word as follows: Dialogue, Listening, Confidence, Identity

The workshop aims to reach the following outcomes:

  • Participants are more confident and empowered, able to voice their intentions and capable of realizing them
  • Participants have enhanced awareness of and confidence to use a range of verbal and not verbal ways of communications
  • Participants have increased their knowledge of the children’s right to be heard and the CRC Principles and fundamental rights

This workshop will be facilitated by: Raffaella Bruno, Valentina Monopoli, Maria Concetta Spoto and a group of young people.


Workshop H. On the Same Team: Improving communication between adults and children to enhance participation

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 6+

This workshop will enable adults and children to communicate better and share power more effectively in inter-generational groups. We will explore what a genuinely participatory approach looks like and what can make it difficult. The workshop will be highly practical and reflective in nature with interactive activities, discussions, role plays and presentations in order to build skills and confidence. Some sessions will involve young people and adults working separately to build the skills they need when they work together.

What’s in it for adults?

  • Adults will build their capacity to reflect on their current practice and/or facilitate children and young people’s (CYP) participation.
  • Adults will develop coaching skills as a means of supporting CYP participation including Adults will take part in structured facilitation to practise their skills and develop their ability to gauge how directive to be when working with young people.
  • Adults will adopt a reflective enquiry approach.

What’s in it for children?

  • Children will actively participate in team tasks with adults. They will think about how they feel taking on leadership roles and how adults normally treat them in a team.
  • Children will develop skills in: Communication – active listening and speaking, Teamwork, Being an agent for their ideas (in charge of their ideas), Being assertive (being confident, saying what you want)
  • Children will learn how to present their ideas to groups clearly. When they ‘go down the mountain’ they will be able to help their communities listen to the concerns and needs of children.

This workshop will be facilitated by: Carolyn Conway and Gemma Perkins


Workshop I. Play together – Being Human 

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English and German
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 6+

This workshop will focus on what it means to play together. Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays “wrote Friedrich Schiller (1795). This connects all men through the right to play – children and adults in different ways. With that in mind we would like to invite you to a workshop, where play matters most. Every day we will have an input on a subject matter, practical exercise, and after we will collectively reflect and find ways how to convey values, attitudes and consciousness into the area of work with human beings.

This workshop will provide “play areas” where the following questions will lead the direction of the workshop:

-How can I fully live the right to play (as we have the duty to promote it)?

-How can I open up spaces for play that free up fear and are full of trust?

-How do I transmit teaching skills that unleash forces for free play?

-What does “having a space” mean?

This workshop will be facilitated by: Gerburg Fuchs and maybe co-led by young people.


Workshop J. Creative Expression and Performing Arts: The Art of Storytelling

  • Workshop in English, facilitators speak English and Spanish
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Age 6+

The Art of Story Telling workshop will provide a space for participants to share and use a range of theoretical techniques to express themselves and advocate change. We will focus on how story telling can build confidence, public speaking skills and develop a voice for young people through performing arts and creative expression.

Participants will have the opportunity to work together and take part in a variety of Drama/Music/Dance/Games/Theatrical exercises which will lead to an end product/ piece of music/dance/theatre which will express a theme important to the participant.

You don’t need to have previous experience, just turn up, and be present and ready to have fun. We aim to be accessible, lively and use performing arts to bring ideas, stories and themes to life!

This workshop will be facilitated by: Rupal Maru, Arshad Mozumder and Bella Tristram

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