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Making Paths by Walking Together

Child Participation is a process rather than an event, with varying degrees of involvement - from being consulted on a predetermined issue to children and youth choosing their agenda, making their own decisions and taking them forward.


Children At Risk

India is home to the largest number of children in the world, significantly larger than the number in China.

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Interactive workbook for children on climate justice

Climate change, has directly linked to changing scenario, over exploitation of natural resources, destroying bio diversity, etc., It is also about human rights, children rights, our relationship to nature, our ethical values to leave something worth for the future generation, building solidarity, being informed about the facts, understanding the science behind the whole process, understanding the way how children rights are being violated by someone living in different part of the world and how it affects me. Hence there is a clear need for children, especially children from vulnerable sections, to learn the basics of climate change process. Climate Change is not all about 'sinks,' 'emission' ' schemes' and technology alone but it is about people,
children, and families and of our relationship with nature and the world around us. Climate Change is an issue of inter‐generational justice violation, which calls for consorted effort from everyone including children with clear understanding of the issue from rights perspective.......

Participatory Impact Assessment Report

RCPDS has been implementing Balasakhi CFCD project in 13 vilage spread across six panchayats in Tiruchuli block of Virudhunagar district sice 2007. The Purpose of thr project is to ensure child rights and protection through a sustainalble community empowerment process and creation of child friendly stakehlder environment. The key programme components of the project inculde childern education, health , livelihood and community institutions with gende,child rights and sustainability as cross-cutting issues

Participatory Assement

Whether the intervention achieved its intended spirit. Whether all resources – including human and financial – and systems worked the way it should have been to complete the task.What differently could have been done to reach the destination
What worked well and what not.Re-energized pace and new or alternate mechanisms to be considered.Whether the intervention reached the right corners.Should there be any changes to the approach base or mode of implementation

Palar Panchayat

Sity five years after independance, We still explore the real empowering process os grassroots democracy- has it been achived? Where did we fail in our attempts to address issues? - Did we really address the issue of good governance appropriately among our children, Who are our future and next generation architects of our Democracy? Have we tried to address the core of the problem? Have we provided adequate opportunities for our next generation to participate and address core issues related to basic rights and develop hope in Democracy! Peoples Power!! GOOD COVERNANCE !!! ????? Here is a process that we initiated for adolescent children called "Pala Pancahyat" as back as 2003 jointly with SPEECH, our parent body, which is now scaled up to cover almost 30 panchayats across the State of Tamilnadu.

Self Help Approach

The Self Help Approach as empowering process and provider of social capital has taken the centre stage since late 80s and in the last twenty years of India's poverty reduction front.  But this single focussed view is underestimating the virility of Self Help concept itself.

The evolution of Self Help movement came into existence through series of power transitions and political dialogues over a period since independence. Community mobilisation and organisation is well rooted in India since independence strugggle with clear two streams one headed by Ghandhiji (SWARAJ - Ahimsa) and the other of Nethaji with strides of activism.

Child ights approach

Participatory rights of the children, as specified in UNCRC are life line for all children below 18 starting from early childhood itself. But the levels of participation differ according to the development milestones and with age appropriate action. We at RCPDS, plan our child clubs at three levels to match with the skills and development promotion of the child in line with the development mile stones.

3 – 6 years    “children play clubs” are formed and supported at the government Balwadi centres.  Children learn basic colours, rhymes, shapes and personal best hygiene and healthy skill practices.

6+ – 13 years “Educational child clubs” this period in child’s life time is crucial for it fosters a lot through peer learning process.  Children are exposed to wider community, friends circle and beginning to spend more time in schools, class rooms and community events.  Hence it is important we plan for systematic learning opportunity in our educational child clubs.

Child Rights Approach

The Child Rights Approach is basically a human rights approach with special and exclusive emphasis on children. Through a Children’s Rights Approach, children are acknowledged as holders of rights specified in the UNCRC, and the fulfilment of these rights as the goal of development-focused project work, in the comprehensive sense.   In the process of implementation of Child Rights Approach, child participation is an important element. While laying emphasis on child participation, it is also important to recognise that participation is an indispensable instrument towards actual realization of other rights of the child.