The Theme

CATS was held from July 27th to the 2nd of August. The focus of CATS 2015 was to explore how different generations can work together towards a world where all children are able to participate meaningfully in the issues which affect them. To explore the roles and contributions that children and adults can make. To develop the knowledge and skills to work more effectively in collaboration and partnership. To achieve a more just, inclusive and sustainable society where all can realise their fundamental human rights and potential.

Highlights of the week

The participants explored the theme through the metaphor of building partnerships and collaboration as one builds a house, through a varied, creative, inclusive and fun programme co-designed and co-led by children and adults.The focus each day was on a different aspect of the construction of the partnership: Blueprint, Foundation, Walls, Roof, Community.

Human Library: The Human Library was a unique experience in which participants, both young and old, were able to “read” personal stories on themes such as protecting children’s rights, influencing policy, overcoming obstacles, and dreaming of what society could be like. The only difference with a real library was that books were people and reading became a live story telling.

Children’s Rights Timeline: The CATS Children’s Rights Timeline activity, something new of its kind, attempted to map out an international representation of where we are in terms of children’s rights regionally, nationally and globally, with children and adults. CATS participants, children and adults together worked in groups divided by regions. This division allowed to first understand regional progress, after which all the regions were put together to have a global view. At the same time, children under 10 created a special timeline in which they voiced their opinion on at what age they should be able to do certain tasks – decide what to wear, decide when to go to bed, have an email address, work and be paid, etc.

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“Why do children need courage in approaching authorities/adults? We shouldn’t be their enemies. They shouldn’t struggle for their rights; they should receive them naturally! All across the world, the adults and the children should be PARTNERS for change!” - Tanya Stihari, CRIC (Child Rights Information Centre, Moldova)

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