Children’s Rights and Principles of Child Participation Training for the civil society organisations in Turkey was organised online in February and March to promote children’s rights in the work of CSOs as well as child-led organisations* and children in general. The training programme has consisted of two distinct training programmes: A training programme targeting CSOs whose main focus is children’s rights and/or working with children, including CSOs particularly working in the field of humanitarian aid, seasonal agricultural workers, refugees and Roma population and a training programme targeting child-led organisations and children in general. Children’s Rights and Principles of Child Participation Training Programme is envisaged to be implemented to the end that providing practical guidance to CSOs and child-led organisations to adopt, implement and secure children’s rights in their works.
The training programme not only focused on providing background information on children’s rights, international conventions and existing national legal framework but also made a first in discussing the principles and fundamental steps of child participation together with CSOs whose main focus are children’s rights or working with children as well as child-led organisations and children. At the end of the training programme the training participants emphasized that adopting a participatory approach and ensuring the inclusion of children in CSO activities needs a significant mental transformation and reconsideration of the terms “adulthood” and “childhood”.
As a result of the trainings and to make available the knowledge shared at the trainings with wider civil society, two manuals have been produced in Turkish language available on the following links: