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Youth exchange about Burkina Faso U-Report project

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A young participant happy to test U-Report application with her mobile phone during the workshop

By Sawadogo Kader Landry / Children's Parliament Chairman of the Central-North region and Zouré Leila R Sandrine, Scout Association of Burkina

From December 16 to 17, 2015, was held in the conference room of the National Archives  Burkina Faso U-report conceptualization workshop. This workshop brought together 60 participants and youth movements and associations, UNICEF and government institutions around the U-report project.

The objective of this workshop was to develop a strategy and actions in terms of coordination, communication and technical deployment for engagement and ownership by teenagers and partners of Burkina Faso U-Report implementation, ensuring a participatory approach.

U-Report is a free SMS application, interactive and simple that instantly compiles and analyzes information from adolescents and youth. It allows perform weekly surveys, analyze its surveys and disseminate results. According W. Germain Sawadogo, participant of the North Central Region, the work went well and U-report is a great initiative that is especially welcome in our digital age

© UNICEF/Burkina Faso/2015/Hien
14-years-old Kanghembega Abdul Basit, a member of regional children Parliament of the Boucle du Mouhoun. He calls on other young to join the U-Report project to make better heard their voices

"The U-Report project will help young people to better understand and be better heard by parents and policy makers. This will bring us to discuss together between young people to find solutions to the problems we face. I call on young people to actively participate in the U-Report project so that, in the near future, we no longer speak of many problems of children and youth in the country” said Kanguembega Abdul Baassit, a member of Children’s Parliament of the Boucle du Mouhoun region

Young people are constantly seeking ways to participate and defend their rights. They now have unprecedented opportunities through the deployment of RapidPro platform and U-Report application, to connect with each other and share experiences and information. They can now inter act on issues that concern them and question the decision makers. RapidPro and U-report have proved their effectiveness in engaging young people in the countries of the region where they are implemented.

UNICEF and the Government of Burkina Faso through the Ministry in charge of Youth committed to the implementation of the U-Report project that will help to better understand the concerns of young people and to propose solutions that integrate intersectoral, generational and geographical dimensions for better realization of their rights.



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