Empowering Children

Principles, Strategies, and Techniques for Mobilizing Child Participation in the Development Process
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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.

  • ISBN: 9780878080014
  • Pages: 304
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2011
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction 

 

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

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