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Empowering Children

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Section One: Preparation

Lesson 1: Key Principles

Lesson 2: Essential Strategies

Lesson 3: Understanding Realities: Household Food Security Status

Lesson 4: Understanding Realities: Circumstances

Lesson 5: Understanding Realities: Culture and Prevailing Societal Attitudes

Lesson 6: Preparing and Equipping Ourselves

Lesson 7: Preparing the Team 

Lesson 8: Preparing the Community 

Section Two: Exercises Our Community

Exercise 1: Map of Their World

Exercise 2: Timeline

Exercise 3: Trends Analysis

Exercise 4: Gender Analysis

Exercise 5: Safety Profile A

Exercise 6: Safety Profile B Who We Are

Exercise 7: Matrix Ranking of Food

Exercise 8: Matrix Ranking of School Subjects

Exercise 9: Important Features of Children’s Lives

Exercise 10: Self-Esteem and Self-Worth Analysis

Exercise 11: Personal Empowerment Assessment Our Activities

Exercise 12: Entertainment and Innovation Profile

Exercise 13: Activity Profile

Exercise 14: Seasonal Activities

Exercise 15: Important Events in Children’s Lives

Exercise 16: Create Your Own Exercise! Problem Solving

Exercise 17: Problem Analysis

Exercise 18: Blessing Analysis

Exercise 19: Uncertainty Analysis

Exercise 20: Independence Assessment

Exercise 21: Causal Diagram of Disease

Exercise 22: Rapid Holistic Health Assessment Finding New Information

Exercise 23: Sources of New Information

Exercise 24: Significant Adults

Exercise 25: Finding Information in Difficult Situations

Exercise 26: Information about Community Resources Children’s Dreams for the Future

Exercise 27: Dreams Profile A

Exercise 28: Dreams Profile B

Exercise 29: Dreams Profile C

Exercise 30: Create Your Own Exercise! 

Section Three: Special Considerations and Follow-Up

Lesson 1: Identifying Child Abuse 

Lesson 2: Child Protection and Related Advocacy Issues

Lesson 3: Identifying Areas of Vulnerability Using the DEV Index

Lesson 4: Ensuring Children’s Participation through Monitoring and Evaluation by Children

Lesson 5: Carrying Out a Capacity/Vulnerability Analysis Using the Holistic Worldview Analysis Frame

Lesson 6: Preparing the Community’s Child Participation Plan

Empowering Children
Principles, Strategies, and Techniques for Mobilizing Child Participation in the Development Process
by: Ravi Jayakaran (Author) with Jennifer Orona
Empowering Children is especially designed for field practitioners seeking ways to encourage young people—particularly the marginalized—to become more involved in changing their circumstances. Through dozens of exercises and lessons, the book presents a variety of practical methods for engaging children in the development process—from assessments to evaluations. Discussions on issues such as personal empowerment, self-esteem, problem analysis, and child protection can equip leaders to help children serve as agents of change who understand how valuable they are. The book concludes with preparations for a community child participation plan.

From a Christian perspective, the realization that all children have dignity and are created in the image of God helps us to see that every child's input is valuable. The Bible's concepts of community, church, and mission further help us to see that God not only uses kids in his wonderful plan, but that he also wants all of his children—male, female, young, and old—to participate in his work in the world.


  • Child participation involves encouraging and enabling children to make their own views known on the issues that affect them.

    UNICEF State of the World's Children 2003: Child Participation

Additional Details

  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: William Carey Library
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2011
  • ISBN: 9780878080014
  • Vendor: William Carey Library