Child to Child celebrates 30 years of pioneering children’s participation at UNICEF

November 2009

As part of Child to Child’s 30th anniversary, UNICEF HQ in New York invited Child to Child on 8th and 9th October to showcase its 30-year-old pioneering work in children’s participation in partnership with UNICEF.

To mark the occasion, prominent UNICEF officials held a seminar. Amongst them were Nick Alipui, Director of the Programme Division; Cream Wright, Associate Director and Global Chief of Education; Nurpur Ulkuer, Chief of Early Childhood Development (ECD); and Abhiyan Rana, Education Specialist on Early Learning.

From left to right: Cream Wright, former Associate Director and Global Chief of Education at UNICEF; Christiana Brown, Child to Child Programmes Manager; Hugh Hawes, co-founder of Child to Child; Tashmin Khamis, Child to Child Director, and Abhiyan Rana, Education Specialist on Early Learning at UNICEF; in UNICEF office in New York City.

 

The opening remarks by Nick Alipui acknowledged Child to Child’s 30 years enduring legacy. He emphasised the importance of Child to Child’s approach in helping children become agents of change by participating actively in transmitting and communicating vital health information. He highly commended the partnership between UNICEF and Child to Child and called on Child to Child to “challenge UNICEF from becoming complacent but to think beyond where they are and come out of their comfort zone to bring about lasting change in children.” Alipui also approved of Child to Child’s support of UNICEF to celebrate 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year in a non-tokenistic way.

For Nurpur Ulkuer, Chief of ECD, Child to Child is the best way of ensuring child participation and that children are the best change agents.” She continued, “Child to Child is a quiet curriculum reform, changing the mindset of teachers in a subtle way.”

Dr Hugh Hawes, co-founder of Child to Child, was also present; he highlighted four key areas of Child to Child’s contribution in the past 30 years:

  • extending and deepening the concept of primary health care;
  • widening, deepening and sharpening the concept of school as a community along with the role of children within that community, particularly with the concept of Education for All;
  • sharpening thinking around the concept of the school curriculum for basic education and the role of children’s action within that curriculum; and
  • advocating the concept of active learning by promoting knowledge that goes beyond understanding towards action – thus bringing home and school learning closer together.