Workshops 2016

 

*Interpreters are available (to the best of our ability) in a variety of languages in all workshops. Those who do not speak the language of the facilitators can still participate and get help from the interpreters.

 Workshop A

Affecting good governance at the local level (children as active citizens) – Children engaged in media – Save the Children (East and Southern Africa) – Farida Bascha

Why is it important to involve children in governance? Children are citizens from the moment they are born and have a great deal to contribute in terms of problem analysis and ideas for solutions. Even though child rights are an obligation of governments who are parties to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, political will and allocation of adequate resources is needed. But who is advancing children’s causes when local planning is done, debated and enacted in laws? Who monitors whether or not the resources and services reach the intended children and address equity? As children cannot vote, other platforms for their influence are needed in order to give them voice. If the children are not heard and their needs are not catered for locally, state-level commitments risk remaining mere declarations of intent. Local governments are often best positioned to translate national-level commitments into practice suitable to local conditions. This workshop will share key participatory principles in governance, share innovation through experiences that have made an impact, and demonstrate how the outcomes can be achieved independently and coherently. It will combine information and practical exercises on how to involve children in local governance. Examples will be presented of where and how it has worked from Save the Children’s global experience.

  • 12 years and older
  • Accessible for children with special needs
  • Workshop in English
  • Level of difficulty: 3

 

Workshop B

Strengthening our child, youth and adult organisations to become more inclusive, transparent, and fair – Children’s Environments Research Group (USA): Bijan Kimiagar and Aysenur Ataman

How well do you enjoy your right to participate in your organization? Did you know it is also children’s right to form and join organizations? In this interactive workshop, participants, both children and adults, will learn about Article 15 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the child and how to use four tools in the Article 15 Resource Kit: the 1) Organisational Diagram, 2) Decision-Making Chart, 3) Good Group/Bad Group Drama, and 4) the Good Group Sculpture. Workshop participants will reflect on their own organisations and analyse issues of inclusiveness, transparency, and fairness in the communication and decision-making among group members and across demographics of gender, age, ability, and social status. Through each activity, participants will have opportunities to share about their organisations and, by the end of week, will be able to facilitate the same activities with members of their groups back home. Step-by-step instructions for all the tools are available at crc15.org. If you want to join the hundreds of children, youth and adults who participated in these activities with us all over the world, please meet with us.

  • 12 years and older. (Children younger than 12 years of age will also be able to participate though may require support from other children or adults.)
  • Accessible for children with special needs (People with a visual impairment may need special assistance during some activities.)
  • Workshop in English (Turkish and Spanish spoken by facilitators)
  • Level of difficulty: 3

 

Workshop C

On the Same Team – Improving children’s ability to advocate for policy change and adults’ ability to use coaching skills to support them – Gemma Perkins (Self Leadership Initiative – UK) and Carolyn Conway (Child to Child – UK)

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. For instance, adults will build their capacity on facilitate children and young people’s participation and on develop coaching skills as a means of supporting children and young peole. Children will develop skills in communication, teamwork and being assertive.

  • 8 years and older
  • Accessible for children with special needs (Extra support or guidance may be needed)
  • Workshop in English
  • Level of difficulty: 2

 

Workshop D

Creative Expression and Performing Arts: Moulding our Future – Arshad Mozumber (UK) and Rupal Maru (tbc)

The 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 the conference can build confidence, public speaking skills and develop a voice for young people through performing arts and creative expression. We will achieve this by following the daily themes of the conference and focusing on People, Planet and Possibilities for each of us individually. We will use these reflections and portray what we find through the performing arts. 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, which related to the theme of our conference, for example – a piece on the Sustainable Development Goals. 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!

  • All ages
  • Accessible for children with special needs
  • Workshop in English (a little Spanish possible)
  • Level of difficulty: 1

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Workshop E

Capacity Building on Advocating for Children’s Rights

There will be 4 workstreams:

(1) How to advocate for children’s rights/SDGs- ChildRights Connect (Geneva, Switzerland), Laure Elmaleh.

(2) Acting for the climate is respecting my rights – Solidarité Laïque (France), Florine Pruchon

 

This workshop aims to raise awareness of children and young people about their rights and about human impact on the climate and the environment, and the consequences of that in order to develop their critical awareness. It will encourage the participation of children on these issues and stimulate them to express themselves in favour of solidarity and a fairer world. The workshop is a tool for developing advocacy at the highest level so that children and young people can express themselves on these issues and in favour of a world that is more respectful of well-being and the rights of the child. Solidarité Laïque has developed a tool (http://www.solidarite-laique.org/pro/documents-pedagogiques/agir-pour-le-climat-cest-respecter-mes-droits/) that will be used in the workshop. One of the approaches will be to ask children to draw the world in which they think they will be living when they are 70 and to make proposals to their head of government to limit global warming.

  • Ideal age: 8-14 and older
  • Accessible for children with special needs
  • Workshop in French
  • Level of difficulty: 3

(3) Child led movements: local to global – Graduates of Masters of Children’s Rights and childhood studies – Berlin, Germany: Leila Younes and Anna Carolina Alder

The workshop will contribute to an increased knowledge of children’s rights and specifically the right to participation. The focus will be on advocating for children’s well-being and rights through social movements led or co-led by children. The children will develop leadership and self-organisation skills through the theoretical knowledge provided in the first part of the workshop and the hands on experience provided in the second part of the workshop. A variety of approaches will be used and examples presented from different countries and continents. The hands on part of the workshop will be a role play. The children and young people will work in groups to choose a topic for which they want to advocate and then with the support of adults will create an advocacy campaign In the last part of the session groups will present their campaigns and discuss the challenges and creative ways of addressing them.  The workshop aims to strengthen skills of team-building, leadership, initiative taking and self-organisation through the role play and hands-on activity.

  • Age 6 years and older
  • Accessible for children with special needs
  • Workshop in English (Arabic, Dutch, German, Turkish)
  • Level of difficulty: not specified

(4) ‘Investing in Children’ – Eurochild (Brussels, Belgium) Mieke Schuurman and Nicolas Meslaoui.

Bringing outcomes of the Eurochild conference ‘ Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in Children’ to CATS. Eurochild’s conference has been build on the experience of CATS and has involved children and young people in its preparations as well as during the conference which takes place from 5-7 July.  The workshop will be linking the outcomes of the Eurochild conference to the SDGs focussing on ending poverty in all its forms; ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages; ensure inclusive and equitable and quality education and reducing inequalities and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.

  • Age 10/11 years and older
  • Workshop in English (Dutch, French, Spanish)
  • Level of difficulty: average

 

Workshop F

Listening and Being Aware of Human Rights – Gerburg Fuchs (Freelancer, Filmmaker, Germany)

Participants will gain experience and increase their awareness of human rights as well as gaining a better understanding of listening to each other. The workshop will convey openness, dignity, compassion and fairness in working with human beings. It will develop self-experience, better understanding of differences and that each human has equal rights to express his/her voice. It will stimulate the capacity to create sensitivity with regard to what it means to experience one’s own limits and to follow certain rules. Play will be used as the method and for integration and collective reflection.

  • Ideal age: 12 and older
  • Accessible for children with special needs
  • Workshop in English (German)
  • Level of difficulty: not specified

 

Workshop G

Flower arranging and the Environment – Elizabeth Loy (IoC – Caux Elder)

The children who attend the flower arranging workshop 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).

  • Age 6 years and older
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Workshop in English
  • Level of difficulty: not specified

 

Workshop H

Unschooling: a child-led education – Arnaud Lebrun (Initiatives of Change – France)

This workshop will increase awareness that learning is independent of teaching and is about asking the right questions, i.e. those which matter to each child. It will be about finding out about one’s own capacities and skills and living through the child’s eyes. It will emphasise self-rules versus hierarchy, that is, how to determine our own set of rules. It aims to help adults to grow alongside children and young people, planting the seeds of a more balanced growth.

  • All ages
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Workshop in French and English (Spanish possible)
  • Level of difficulty: 1

 

Workshop I

Change through information and Technology – PICA (Intelligent Programs with Teenagers) – Bolivia – Emiliano Longo (producer, film and tv director and creator of PICA, Caludia Daza (journalist), Esteban Quispe (school graduate and reporter PICA), Dorita Wurzel (college student and reporter PICA)

This workshop shows and demonstrates that adolescents are looking for much more than just entertainment when they face the media. They are searching and creating vital information to build a better community life and showing that they can, from their own vision, enrich and build a more equal world, they can influence policy through the media.

The workshop is composed of a theoretical part studying diverse audio-visual examples based on our experience of building a trans-media product for children and young people. This part will then be reinforced by a practical one: where we will create audio-visual pieces mixing teams of children and adults working together.

  • Age 12 years and older
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Workshop in Spanish (English spoken by facilitators)
  • Level of difficulty: 3

 

Workshop J

‘Digital rights of young people: from local empowerment to global recognition’ – on safer internet – Evelina Lafchiyska (Bulgarian Safer Internet Center)

The workshop aims to help participants reflect on the importance of digital rights, to explore how local youth initiatives can be multiplied using internet, and to initiate a global movement. The workshop will be split into four smaller blocks where participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the evolution of the Youth Manifesto, which initially started in Bulgaria as a Chapter of the online rights of the young people, followed up with a European wide initiative where a large number of children took part in creating the Manifesto via internet platforms.

As an outcome the participants will have a deeper understanding of the importance of digital rights and the clearer vision of the picture in each country in global aspect in terms of young people’s rights in digital age. Moreover the workshop will give the opportunity to tight the intergenerational relationship via young and adult’s collaboration. Each of the participants will be able to know more about other the different participant’s country situations and share experiences and good practices.

  • All ages
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Workshop in English
  • Level of difficulty: 2

 

Workshop K

‘Compassion in Action: Educating for Action through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Prize winners’ (PeaceJam) 

This interactive and engaging workshop will introduce participants to the power of Nobel Peace Prize winners such as the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu who, through PeaceJam, are inspiring a new generation of young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world.  Youth and adults will work together on skills that serve as the foundation for effective change including civil discourse, active listening, and group dynamics.  They will then explore the personal and courageous stories of several of the Nobel Peace Prize winners, introducing the participants to new role models for peace and social action.  Next, they will practice the skills needed to be change makers at the personal, social, and institutional levels exemplified by the Nobels, including conflict resolution, research and analysis of issues, dismantling racism and prejudice, and advocating for social justice and human rights. Lastly, participants will learn the steps for addressing the root causes of issues in their own communities through youth-led service and volunteer projects –  as part of PeaceJam’s One Billion Acts of Peace, a global citizens movement led by the Nobels and youth designed to address the most pressing issues facing the planet.

  • Age 12 years and older
  • Accessible to children with special needs
  • Workshop in English (Spanish spoken by facilitators)
  • Level of difficulty: 3