Children as Actors for Transforming Society
29 July – 4 August 2017
Children and Inclusion
One third of the 7 billion people on our planet are children who have amazing gifts and talents to share. As the world becomes more globalized, some people are able to find their place, but others feel shut out and alone. For children in particular, finding their place in a “grown-up” world can seem nearly impossible. To build a bright, hopeful future, we need to create a more inclusive world, one in which individuals’ rights are respected, where each can find their place and have a voice.
The guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is that every child has the right to participation and that it should be inclusive for even the most marginalized. CATS 2017 will explore how children all around the world are creating an inclusive world. . Together with street children, those with disabilities and children experiencing war, the CATS 2017 Forum will gather a diverse group to focus on “Children and Inclusion.” Through understanding different circumstances, highlighting true stories and good practice, and creating a unique space where children and adults are partners in transforming society, CATS will be a model to inspire others.
Testimonies from former participants
“Caux made me feel more confident in myself and my ability to help other people, be it children, adolescents, or even adults. (...) I learned compassion, acceptance, how to listen, to be heard, and to be proud of who you are and what you have to offer the world, at Caux. If children and young adults could learn these things- that sometimes the society that we live in doesn’t teach us then I think the world could truly grow into a better place. That’s why I think it is worth investing in CATS!”
-- Young participant from the United States of America
“CATS provides a space that allows children’s organisations from around the world to share their diverse experiences (working, living, knowledge, contexts, networking) to articulate and be part of a worldwide mobilization to promote the exercise of their rights. We have been able to establish networking relationships with other institutions working in the field of childhood, with whom we maintain contact and share information about the work we have been doing.”
-- Adult participant, INFANT, Peru
- Initiatives et Changement France: www.fr.iofc.org
- Child to Child: www.child-to-child.org
- Universal Education Foundation / L4WB: www.learningforwellbeing.org
- Eurochild: www.eurochild.org/
- CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation
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