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|In Malawi, Aedess Chikwasa, 14, interviews Sofeleti, 25, who is holding her two-year-old baby girl, part of the 'Child-to-Child' survey.|
UNICEF launches Child-to-Child Survey of out-of-school children on Day of the African Child
As part of its acceleration strategy for girls’ education, UNICEF will launch its global Child-to-Child Survey on 16 June 2004, the Day of the African Child. This day honours the many South African children who were killed or injured in Soweto on 16 June 1976 when thousands took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education.
The Child-to-Child Survey aims at putting names and faces to the 121 million children out of school. It will help girls and boys to become more than statistics and come alive as someone’s sibling, cousin, friend or community member. Children in school will identify the reasons other children might be out of school and suggest what can be done to help them get the education that is their right.
The launch will take place in Ethiopia where children have taken on the task of bringing those boys and girls who are out of school to the attention of the adults who can take action to get them into school.
Children in Kenya, Malawi, Chad, Zambia and Sudan are undertaking similar surveys, and youth in other countries, in both Africa and South Asia, will do so later this year.
In addition to children, the survey is mobilizing other partners, including governments and partners from the Global Movement for Children.
Accelerating girls’ education
UNICEF’s acceleration strategy for girls’ education or ‘25 by 2005’ Girls’ Education Campaign is a call to action in 25 countries to maximize the number of girls in school by the year 2005, a date set as the global goal for gender parity in education. It is a commitment to education for every child, boys and girls alike, so that they may assume their rightful place as an active participant in their country’s development.
To meet this commitment, UNICEF seeks to engage governments, civil society, teachers, families and children themselves in actions that will do two things – bring attention to the right of every child to an education and advance those strategies that will bring more girls into school and help them succeed once they are enrolled. The Child-to-Child Survey puts that commitment into action.
Children's participationUNICEF is committed to children’s participation and recognises children as active participants in all development processes that concern them. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an important framework for strengthening and expanding children’s participation in development, and UNICEF recognizes children’s participation as a central element for translating rights into practice.
The child-to-child concept for dialogue and action has been promoted and practiced successfully for several years to pass information by children to children. Children have also shown that they can partner with adults to address issues and find solutions that contribute to the well being of the family and community.
Photo essay: Child-to-Child Survey in Kenya