I am a teacher in Sweden, and I volunteered with Art in Tanzania in UNICEF Children’s Agenda program. I was focusing on children’s rights issues. We advocated children’s participation in decision-making in society. We highlighted gender equality issues for the children. We also developed the Youth Reporters program, where children talk about their own lives and get their opinions heard.
It has been a great experience to work on this project. I will take the idea back to Sweden and use it in my work as a teacher. Unfortunately, I found the communication between the different organizations working for the children’s agenda program poor. The Art in Tanzania Youth Reporters program results hopefully inspires other organizations to share their experiences and develop the Children’s Agenda activities.