Post-MDG-child-consultations---Guyana

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In late July and early August 2012, consultations were held in Georgetown with boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 years who were living without parental care. Participating children were living in three different kinds of arrangements:

  1. within their extended family (kinship care);
  2. with unrelated individuals or families (formal foster care);
  3. in residential care

The purpose of these consultations was to explore with boys and girls their priorities for a framework to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A workshop-based approach was used, in which children participated in a series of activities designed to enable them to share their experiences and perspectives in a fun and engaging manner. Each workshop was approximately 2 hours in duration. In all, 9 workshops were held with 46 children in various settings in Georgetown. Broadly, the focus of these workshops was on learning from children about:

  • the things that make them feel happy and safe in their communities and families;
  • the things that make them feel unhappy and unsafe in their families and communities;
  • the things that they would like to change about their lives and the lives of other children in their communities and elsewhere.

These discussions were placed in the context of the current MDGs and the development of the post-MDG framework. The workshops involved both individual and collective activities – drawings, writing, discussions and ‘gallery walks’ in which children looked at one another’s productions and discussed them as a group.

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