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Promoting Active Participation of Children and Youth

Engaging children and youth in decisions related to their lives – in a progressive way according to the age and ability of the child or youth – is a key principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is a right that has particular implications in terms of the well-being of children affected by crisis.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC):

Article 12: Children have the right to give their opinion, for adults to take it seriously, and to be involved in decisions which affect their lives.

Article 13: Children have the right to express themselves in different ways.

Article 12 gives children the right to have a say in matters affecting their own lives, to prepare for their responsibilities in adulthood. This article is applicable to all children in all emergency situations, including chronic crises and early reconstruction. The importance of child and youth participation is also highlighted in the INEE Minimum Standards. In the category Community Participation, Standard 1, you will learn more about emergency-affected community members actively participating in assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating education programs.