Did you know that Equitas launched a Play it Fair Community of Practice (CoP) in 2017? This CoP is a network of organizations and municipalities who are collectively working to strengthen the promotion of children’s participation and children’s rights across Canada. It is comprised of three working groups who aim to promote the inclusion of newcomer and refugee children; improve children’s well-being and connectedness; and strengthen children’s leadership in decision making.
Since its inception, the Play it Fair Community of Practice working groups initiated various activities to provide a space for members to increase knowledge and share learnings, good practices and strategies for engaging children in community action. The members who worked on the inclusion of newcomer and refugee children successfully piloted Equitas’ Welcoming Refugee Children and Youth Action Guide and gathered feedback about the process. The working group that focused on children’s leadership in decision-making organized a leadership cards project to provide an opportunity for children to have a voice and make a difference within their communities. The third working group, which focused on children’s well-being and connectedness, identified a variety of child-centered approaches to supporting the well-being of children.
Through the process of sharing information and experiences with each other in the development of this CoP, Equitas learned a lot, created new collaborations to improve practices and had the opportunity to develop professionally. Moving forward, Equitas is encouraging CoP members to share their experiences with leadership in their organizations and with other relevant stakeholders and wishes to continue a dialogue in order to continue strengthening our collective impact on promoting children’s participation and rights across Canada.