City, 25 October 2005 --- In 2003, children from Luzon,
Visayas and Mindanao talked about their rights and what their
families, communities and government should do. Today, a landmark
publication on children's participation in the Philippines
echoes the voices of these children.
UNICEF and the
Council for the Welfare of Children(CWC) recently released
a book called "The National Framework on Children's Participation".
serves as a guide in promoting and upholding children's participation
in the Philippines.
The document discusses
the evolving definitions and guiding principles of children's
participation. According to the participants of the consultation
meetings, children's participation promotes self-development,
leads to social awareness and responsible actions, upholds
democratic principles and processes, strengthens resilience
and protective systems, and benefits the community.
by CWC and the National Coalition of Children's Associations
in the Philippines (NaCCAP) and the Council for the Welfare
of Children (CWC), the 2003 inter-island conferences resulted
in declarations and plans of action for children's rights.
Their outputs are
integrated in the National Framework. The framework stresses
that the family is the first arena of children's participation.
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