Children and young people in the Caribbean face numerous challenges. At Panos Caribbean, we believe that youth can provide solutions to those problems.
At the core of our programmes and project activities targeting children and young people is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which outlines the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled. One of those rights is for children to be able to express their own opinions on matters affecting them and that these are taken into account.
The Convention also speaks to the child’s right to receive and share information of all kinds either orally, written in the form of art, or through any other media of their choice.
Over the next few years we will continue to promote the full participation of Caribbean children and youth in the development process by including their own voices and perspectives through various media into public debate via:
- Capacity building – training of children to report on HIV and related issues: via our Youth Journalism Programme “Our Own Voices – Youth Communicating Through the Media”.
- Documenting the Voices of children and young people: This involves the production, publishing and broadcasting of material for circulation in media and via the Internet.
- Providing a platform for children and adolescents to communicate their perspectives on issues that affect them; including stigma and discrimination, sexual and reproductive health rights, various forms of abuse and neglect.
- Working with media to improve media’s understanding of issues related to children and young people and encourage responsible reporting on those issues.
- Conducting media analysis & monitoring to measure the effectiveness of our activities, to determine the extent to which issues concerning children are being reported by the media and how media treats those issues.