As part of the Rejuvenate project, we are hosting a series of grounded dialogues. The first dialogue, held in September, responded and reflected on the Rejuvenate principles, and can be rewatched here.
We will be joined in an interactive session by practitioners and thinkers in the fields of child rights, and children and youth participation, who will talk about their work in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We will be considering and discussing the experiences of living and working with children and youth (in a variety of contexts) through the pandemic, during recovery, and in entering the ‘new normal’.
Has the pandemic allowed for more participation in important spaces by children and youth?
Or have those spaces become less participatory with digital, financial, and geographical divides?
As articulated in our working paper, we intend for this dialogue and future dialogues to be part of an ‘inclusive process of contributing to and building up international dialogue about children’s and youth participation and creating regional networks to share learning on concepts, rights, and goals’ and to be a ‘springboard for further work that substantively recognises the importance of children’s participation in work to further child rights, and to enrich and rejuvenate the societies of which children are a part.’
Participants will reflect on their experiences through COVID, and on how changing norms in communication and practice are affecting our work and lives. Jannatun Nayem (Bangladesh) and Subekhchhya (Nepal) will kick us off, and Hilde Deman (Belgium) and Linda Theron (South Africa) will then provide reflections on our discussions and their own experiences across their regions.