The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child stated that “the right of all children to be heard and taken seriously constitutes one of the fundamental values of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”
(CRC/C/66/2). Considering Child Participation as an essential part of the United Nation children’s right framework is the basis of our own work in our “Time to Talk” campaign. By providing the opportunity to 2,000 working children to articulate themselves in a systematic consultation process, we ensure that the corresponding Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is filled with life.
“The right of all children to be heard and taken seriously
constitutes one of the fundamental values
of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC/C/66/2)
Our organized collection of children’s perspectives about child work and child labour enables and encourages girls and boys between 5 and 17 years to contribute with their specific knowledge, experience and perspective to a matter – child work – that is of tremendous relevance to them and their daily life. It is not only about collecting deep and diverse insight into their living and working circumstance, but also to provide a platform for children’s views, suggestions and ideas on how to improve their development, protection and well-being.
Each consultation is implemented by one of our 67 partner organizations, who have been trained beforehand on how to enable meaningful child participation. By using our methodological toolkit, which was developed by our consultants Claire O’Kane and Ornella Barros, we ensure comparability of the collected data and reflections.
The statements and thoughts of the children and adolescents will be analyzed and later on provided to a larger audience in our upcoming report in 2017. Until then, we are eager to give unique insights from the different consultations by already sharing interesting reflections of the young participants on the “Time to Talk” campaign website. For us, these ideas and opinions collected in different cultural areas and settings are the real treasure of our consultation project and show how diverse and thoughtful children and adolescents are reflecting on issues that are relevant to them.
Let’s recognize the value of children’s views, opinions and suggestions and thereby respect the dignity of children and adolescents by taking them serious!