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.
Participation is not and cannot be separated from any of the other activities and initiatives which a child rights and wellbeing organization undertakes. The ACPF has already completed a number of surveys in Eastern and Southern Africa, published together in this report, in which children are asked both about their own daily lives and conditions, as well as their opinions on broader issues affecting their society. It will build on this project by widening and improving its polls, thus enhancing their participation and influence on public attitudes and national policies