Adolescent Development, Participation and Protection

Adolescent Participation

Protection System


Adolescent Participation

Within and outside the school system, adolescents have limited opportunities to develop their leadership skills and to realize their right to participation. The Ministry of Youth, the government agency responsible for youth programming in Belize, faces challenges in offering opportunities for meaningful activities aimed at developing adolescents. Limited resources are available, so this ministry needs more attention to undertake organizational adjustments if they are to build their institutional capacities to be able to represent adolescents and cater to their needs. Adolescent participation tends to be tokenistic and welcomed primarily at symbolic, ceremonial and decorative levels.



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