Teens learn how to use networks to promote their rights
More than 50 Paraguayan youth experience camp designed to ignite conversation and action in advocacy
By Rosanna Menchaca, CCFC, communications manager, Paraguay
PARAGUAY — More than 50 teens from Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) programs in Paraguay gathered to express their thoughts and meet like-minded friends for two days last month at the Children’s Camp on Child Rights.
“[It’s] a camp where we can promote participation, listening and where [youth] begin to look forward — not only as an individual group of a community, but as a national network,” explained Diego Martinez, CCFC Paraguay program manager. “CCFC is pleased to contribute to this process together with our partners.”
The teens (aged 12 to 17) reflected on the importance of their rights and public policies, which can be promoted in their communities and through a nationwide network. They discussed making a difference by working together and organizing their ideas to defend their rights.
“[It’s] important to learn our rights, to demand the authorities — or the person concerned — uphold our rights. It is important to know where a right [begins], and … not only to demand our rights but to do our part,” was one conclusion reached by a group of campers.
The camp brought new friends together. “A highlight [was] the integration of all children and adolescents from several communities,” confirmed Angeles, a 15-year-old from CCFC program areas who attended the camp. “Together we can make change.”