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Models for Children's Involvement

Nordic countries mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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2010 is the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In honour of this, we present in this publication 23 selected articles about children’s involvement in the Nordic countries and in the self-governing territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The articles illustrate a broad spectrum of models for participation as applied in central arenas in everyday lives of children and young people: pre-schools and schools, culture and local environment, and in political decisions. We have also included articles that concern the involvement of children and young people with experiences as clients in the welfare support system. An important goal is that these examples will serve as inspiration and toolkits for others who work with children and young people. This publication was produced by Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) as commissioned by the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) at the Nordic Council of Ministers.

English Finnish, Icelandic

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Pre-schools and schools

Schools today have a responsibility to promote democracy so that children are educated to develop democratic attitudes, and are trained in decision-making processes, political processes and cooperation. School is perceived as an arena where children can both learn about democracy and where there is the opportunity to exercise democracy in practice. This view has also filtered down to pre-schools, and young children have become entitled to participate actively in planning day-to-day activities. Involvement at pre-school level concerns children’s participation in various ways, but depends a lot on the adults’ attitudes and the way they relate to children. Both in school and preschool, there are many conflicting interests that both include and exclude. Our perception of children’s capacity is fundamental to how we treat them and how we structure educational activities.

English Finnish, Icelandic

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