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Adolescents and youth

New Skills, New Friends

Adolescents in Emergencies

© UNICEF/Indonesia/2015
Gian (center) discusses his findings after interviewing a local farmer about the ongoing drought.

Eleven-year-old Gian lives in NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur/East Nusa Tenggara). This region is currently experiencing a severe drought. With the changing climate, such events are becoming more regular and more severe around Indonesia.

To assist children like Gian, UNICEF is implementing the “Adolescent Circle Initiative”, an innovative programme that will quip adolescents with new skills to understand and deal with emergencies.

“I like investigating,” Gian says during an ‘Adolescent Circle’ session. Here, youth learn about the impact of emergencies through interviewing community members in their village.

“I’ve never done this before,” he says, smiling, “It’s fun.”

UNICEF Indonesia Office strengthens the capacity of partners to work with adolescent girls and boys in developing solutions to problems frequently faced during emergencies though innovative project designs. The “Adolescent Circle Initiative” was piloted and tested in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross and the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre during the first half of 2015, using the new “Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation”. Through structured sessions with facilitators, the initiative, focuses on building the adolescents' capacity to be self-empowered to address the risks and stresses associated with emergency situations. It also provides the adolescents with methods and tools to create their own adolescent support system and solutions.

Over two hundred adolescents and youth facilitators in two hazard-prone areas in Jakarta have benefitted from this initiative. UNICEF has also brought on board the ChildFund, to develop and agree on how the initiative can be sustained to reach out to a critical number of adolescents in recurring hazard situations.



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