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Jul 14, 2017

The kids speak out

For this past week UNICEF has been engaging eighteen adolescents from across nine municipalities to learn more about the issues affecting their peers around the country. The adolescents, who sit on the Child Advisory Board, are helping to share information that will guide the work that UNICEF and partner agencies to do target youth. Country Rep for UNICEF Dr. Susan Kasedde explains how UNICEF engages these adolescents who are doing important work in their communities:


Dr. Susan Kasedde, Country Rep, UNICEF BELIZE

“They are child advocates who reach out on a regularly basis to other children and teenagers across the country on a regular basis and take those voices – the issues – that are raised into local planning discussions. We would like to take these voices to learn what the experiences are of teenagers as they relate to a number of issues that most affect them. The recent release of the survey identified a number of issues that affect teens and children. On Tuesday we met with partners who agreed on about ten priority issues that concern them about teenagers in Belize. So, the activities that we are going through now with these teenagers are fleshing out their experiences and perspectives relating to those major issues like gender equality, teenage pregnancy, drop out school, and sex and gender based violence, access to information, access to services, – these are real concerns that came out through the partners and are being reflected in the activities that the children have engaged in this week.”


Andrea Polanco

“How effective is this method to work along with these adolescents who are facing these issues?”


Dr. Susan Kasedde

Dr. Susan Kasedde

“I think it is not only effective; it is necessary and it is a fundamental principle in also democracy and a factor that is critical for development. Unless we engaged the community in which we wish to see a vision realized, we truly cannot understand their experience and tailor our program, tailor our actions to respond to these.”

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