Year: 2007

Music, mankind’s oldest art form, exists in all cultures whether for ceremonial purposes, communication or simply for entertainment’s sake. In societies like Ethiopia, however, musicianship was traditionally considered a contemptible career and musicians used to suffer social alienation. Consequently, in spite of the availability of a rich reservoir of musical talent in Ethiopia, the provision of music education and its proper integration into the curriculum has remained very weak.

Read more: Concept Note on Children’s Music: Empowering Children to Advocate for their Rights, Advancing...

Year : 2007

All over the world children are often left out of activities in which they are perfect capable of participating, are seldom listened to, and receive less than sufficient space for self-expression. Even so, they regularly appear in media. In news stories they are repeatedly described as vulnerable victims, as young delinquents, or as charming accessories. These are distorted depictions, which do not represent the realities in which the children live. This is due to the fact that such stories are rarely based on the children’s own words, nor do they pertain to issues they care about. They are entirely produced by adult journalists.

Read more: Child Media in Africa: An Assessment of Child Participation in Media Projects

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One way of ascertaining children and youth concerns is to give children a voice for describing their lives, their concerns, and their perspectives on a variety of issues.  Through carefully prepared and administered polls in eight southern and eastern African countries, UNICEF’S Eastern and Southern African Regional Office (ESARO) and

Read more: What Children and Youth Think: a Statistical Presentation of Opinions and Perceptions of Children...

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Democratic societies are built around opportunities and structures that involve all segments of society in matters that affect them. The youth constitute a large part of the world’s population which cannot and should not be left out from participating in matters that affect them. Realising meaningful institutional youth participation in inter-generational structures is a challenging enterprise that requires profound changes in how societies think about their young people. These reports examine the practical implications of shifting perceptions of youth and the role they play in society.

Read more: Youth Participation: Concepts, Models and Experiences; Youth Organisations and Initiatives in...

Author: Sloth-Nielsen, J. et al. Year : 2009  Download

On October 23, 2001 an African development strategy known as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) was launched in Abuja, Nigeria. Although of recent origin, there is already a vast literature on the subject matter of NEPAD. Therefore, this paper is not about NEPAD in general but rather a specific issue within NEPAD processes that has been substantially neglected so far--integrating children’s rights and participation in its work. If the success of NEPAD will “depend on it being owned by African people united in their diversity” it is indeed ill-advised to ignore the voice of 51% of the African people, i.e. children.

Read more: Children and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): the Intrinsic Link

Year: 2008  

One way of ascertaining children and youth concerns is to give children a voice for describing their lives, their concerns, and their perspectives on a variety of issues.  Through carefully designed and administered child and youth surveys, children are given the opportunity to articulate their anxieties, hopes and aspirations. These focus on the subjects and areas which the African Child Policy Forum is addressing directly and actively through its programmes and projects.

Read more: Voices of Children and Youth in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Survey of Opions, Perceptions,...