MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Whether involved in our community programme or in a project or consultation children are engaged in active, experiential learning and practicing sets of skills, behaviours and values while they gain knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

Members of Children’s Parliament learn and practice these skills:

  • Listening
  • Getting on with people and working together
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem solving
  • Practical arts-based skills in things like mural painting and model making
  • Communication and presentation skills

Members of Children’s Parliament learn and practice these ways of behaving:

  • Being respectful of the needs of others
  • Compassion
  • Being fair
  • Thinking things through
  • Taking care of the people and places around us

Members of the Children’s Parliament learn and practice these values:

  • Honesty: We are truthful and open to the views and experiences of others
  • Respect: Both for the views of others and that no-one should ever feel small or stupid
  • Diversity: We are different and we are equal
  • Empathy: We can understand others by putting ourselves in their shoes
  • Participation: It is everyone’s right to have their say and to take part
  • Social Justice: We must do what we can to make the world a better place for ourselves and for others.
  • Action: If something is wrong we should try to change it.

Members of the Children’s Parliament gain knowledge and understanding of both themselves and others. In particular they know more about:

  • Children’s human rights articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • How these rights are their rights
  • Adults who can help and support them in childhood