What do we do?
We support children and communities to play an active role in their own development – to take action together to achieve change on issues that affect their lives. We support children and communities to claim their own rights, and the more people who join together, the more influential they become.
How do we do it?
Children, their families and communities have the right to participate in the decisions that are important for them. We believe that boys and girls themselves should have the opportunity to be fully involved in setting priorities, developing strategies, assessing progress in their communities, preparing for disasters and taking part in decisions that affect their lives – all of which builds confidence and helps them become active citizens.
CCCD considers children not only as beneficiaries of development work, but as active participants.
Helen Muralles – Programme Unit Manager, Jalapa, Guatemala
Working with children
The Convention of the Rights of the Child includes clear guidance on children’s right to participate.
Our staff have the specific knowledge and skills to work with boys and girls, to respond to their changing capacities as they grow and develop, and to keep them safe. We focus particularly on children who are excluded or marginalised, and work with them to break down barriers.
Working with communities
Communities, both rural and urban, are at the heart of our development work. Children’s well-being depends on the ability of their families and communities to support and care for them; and on their ability to influence decision-makers to act in children’s best interests.
We understand that the factors that prevent children from achieving their full rights are different in every community. We focus on: understanding local contexts and helping communities find ways to influence decision-making; ensuring everyone can access local services; and allocating resources for those girls and women, boys and men in greatest need.
CCCD in action
Plan International Uganda’s Participatory School Governance programme has supported more than 40 schools to develop school councils with democratically elected committees of students.
The Girls Children's Council at a school in Kamuli, Eastern Uganda, ensures that all girls are treated fairly in school and have a place to voice their concerns. They meet regularly to take part in open discussions on issues relating to girls’ education and to share ideas on the challenges they face and ways of sensitising the wider school community.
Relationships between local education authorities and schools have improved greatly since the councils were established to help improve education services.