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Children determine programmatic choices

Q: Would you like to go to school at least three days a week, when you are not working.

A: No

Q: Why?

A. I cannot concentrate studying 

A boy, Malith

It’s not always obvious what children need or want. In 2012 War Child conducted a highly participatory ‘child rights situation analysis’ (CRSA) in Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Israel/occupied Palestinian territories. Children and young people were asked which challenges they face and which of their rights are most violated in their daily experiences. Based on the results, War Child makes choices about the focus of the programmes. In this way the ideas, needs and voices of children are used to guide our programmatic choices. Additionally, the CRSA provides an empowering experience for its participants. The participating children and young people demonstrated excellent skills and knowledge, which they can develop further and become advocates for change in their country.

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