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Participation resource guide

Basics of child and youth participation


Training toolkits and manuals

Advocacy Matters: Helping children change their world.
The International Save the Children Alliance 2007 Written by Louisa Gosling and David Cohen

This guide has been designed to help Save the Children staff and colleagues from other organizations to run training workshops that will enable them to carry out advocacy. It consists of a Participant’s Manual and a Facilitator’s Manual that complement each other and are designed to be used together. This guide is for Save the Children staff and partners who are involved in advocacy. The training material consists of a mixture of practical exercises and theory so that participants learn about advocacy in a way that is relevant to their specific needs and context, and they will come out of the workshop with a draft of an advocacy strategy. The guide consists of two complementary manuals: the Facilitator’s Manual and the Participant’s Manual that are designed to be used together. The Facilitator’s Manual is aimed at anyone who is designing or facilitating an advocacy workshop, including people who do not necessarily have much experience either as trainers or as advocates.  The Participant’s Manual contains background material on various topic, case stories, and references to further resources. It is intended to be a resource guide for both facilitators and participants. The Participant’s Manual can also be used on its own as a general advocacy resource.

Advocacy Matters: Helping children change their world. An International Save the Children Alliance guide to advocacy
The International Save the Children Alliance 2007, Written by Louisa Gosling and David Cohen

 Advocacy has played a key role in the history of Save the Children.  Save the Children was established in 1919 in order to assist children impacted by the allied blockade of supplies to Europe. It lobbied the government to end the blockade in 1919 and to draft the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1923 – forming the basis of the current UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of the most important strengths of Save the Children lies in our ability to work together to move forward the Alliance Strategy and to incorporate advocacy into our work for children. This guide represents the collective wealth and experience in advocacy, communication and capacity building from within six of our Alliance members, as well as the wisdom and knowledge of outside experts.

Claire O'Kane and Tracy Dolan, We've Got Something to Say - Promoting Child and Youth Agency: A Facilitator's Guide June 2008

This manual is intended to be helpful to anyone who plans, manages, implements, evaluates or funds any CCF programs where children and youth are partners in the development process. And the publication aims to provide practical guidance to help program staff, children, youth and adults in the community to engage children and youth during the all stages of programming and to build youth and child governing structures.



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