Principles, Strategies, and Techniques for Mobilizing Child Participation in the Development Process. Empowering Children is especially designed for field practitioners seeking ways to encourage young peopleâ€”particularly the marginalizedâ€”to become more involved in changing their circumstances. Through dozens of exercises and lessons, the book presents a variety of practical methods for engaging children in the development processâ€”from assessments to evaluations. Discussions on issues such as personal empowerment, self-esteem, problem analysis, and child protection can equip leaders to help children serve as agents of change who understand how valuable they are. The book concludes with preparations for a community child participation plan.
From a Christian perspective, the realization that all children have dignity and are created in the image of God helps us to see that every child's input is valuable. The Bible's concepts of community, church, and mission further help us to see that God not only uses kids in his wonderful plan, but that he also wants all of his childrenâ€”male, female, young, and oldâ€”to participate in his work in the world.
"Development starts with children. Yet, to help them develop, to get them moving, we need them to participate! It is like moving cars. If we can switch on a childâ€™s internal engine, put some fuel in their tank and give them a horizon to travel to, they will get there faster than we could ever drag or carry them. That fuel is their attitudes and beliefs. The Bible instructs us to â€œtrain children in the right wayâ€ (Prov. 22:6, NRSV). Child participation is not some new liberation movement, it is wisdom rediscovered. It is good pedagogy. The Bible further instructs us, â€œKeep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of lifeâ€ (Prov. 4:23, NRSV). We need those young hearts to know how immensely valuable they are, how much they have to contribute, and how eager we are to listen to and understand what children have to say. If we learn what Ravi is trying to teach us, we could have a very different world to live in and very different children around usâ€”children who know their worth, who do not question their contribution, and who for that reason embrace their obligations to live well and right and grow â€œin wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favorâ€ (Luke 2:52, NRSV).
Let us grown-ups do our part, so children can do their part. Start now by picking up your pen and this book; read it, mark it, and then go do it." --Patrick McDonald, Chief Executive, Viva
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