Children in Development

Strengthening Participation of Children in Peace Building in Small Island Nations with High Prevalence of Violence, Ethnic Discrimination and Tribal Conflict

Objectives

Overall objective:

To strengthen the participation of children in development and particularly in the building of peaceful and inclusive societies.

Specific objectives:

  1. Give an enhanced profile to the central role of children in the pursuit of peace including children’s role in public education through the media and formal education
  2. Facilitate links and networks, exchange and interaction among children at local, national and regional levels including the establishment of a peace network of children through the formal education system
  3. Provide a space and opportunity for children to refine and promote the vision of, and transition to peaceful societies including the space for children to organize through groups exploring their rights and mobilizing in peace building awareness and activities


Focus Countries

Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea


Activities

Increase access for children to information related to their rights

Activities will empower children to become engaged, active and responsive citizens and to exercise their rights and strengthen their ability to hold duty-bearers accountable against these rights. This empowerment will also increase broad-based awareness among children, about children’s rights and inclusion of children’s social issues in the social, economic and political agenda. Resources and education material will be developed, tested and applied through schools and education institutions. These resources will enhance children’s understanding and critical reflection of issues such as poverty, conflict, human rights, peace building and democracy.

Enhance understanding and awareness among children of issues affecting their rights

Activities will work through the formal education system in developing new approaches, processes and content to enhance children’s understanding of their rights and how they can participate in the building of peace. The role of teachers in enhancing the skills and confidence of children is critical. The action will work with teachers in empowering children to take lead in achieving their own rights through reasoning and practical advocacy.

Increase capacity and skills of children to develop and lead innovative approaches to advocate for and practice their rights

Activities will enhance children’s advocacy skills and development of practical ways to assert their basic rights through a process of analysis, critical thinking, investigation and debating. The action will extend to the greater community and give children and opportunity to demonstrate new knowledge and understanding through application and action. Through peer education, children will strengthen their capacity to lead innovative approaches to advocacy.

Strengthen local, national and regional partnership, networks and cooperation of children in peace building

Activities will focus on the organization and mobilization of children through national and regional networks and enhance communication, hope and inspiration through these networks.