Children and youth who are aware of their rights are better able to think critically about the impact of their behaviors, problem solve, and take action to promote greater respect and inclusion in their classrooms, playgrounds and communities. When equipped with skills and knowledge, they can take on leadership roles on issues that are important to them and can engage community members and decision-makers in dialogue to ensure greater promotion and protection of everyone’s human rights.
Equitas provides practical training for community-based organizations, municipalities, and schools focused on how to use a children’s rights-based approach to make programs and practices more inclusive and accessible to all children and youth. Each year over 30 organizations across Canada take part in training based on our educational tools Building Inclusive Communities and Speaking Rights. We also work with diverse organizations to collaboratively build strategies and good practises for supporting children and youth to engage in their communities.
‘The methods suggested by Equitas make it possible to make the rights issues digestible for children, and to integrate it through play and through the interests of youth in the projects.’
– Equitas Program training participant
Equitas creates spaces for collaboration during training, workshops, and community dialogues where diverse groups can come together and exchange ideas and solutions for making communities more equitable and inclusive. Children and youth are active in these spaces, and use their voices to engage community members. Activities like municipal Children’s Charters and Shaking the Movers provide opportunities for young people to share their recommendations with decision makers.
“We are here, and we are advocating on behalf of all youth who are experiencing bullying and racism… we are letting the community know that this is happening in [our community], not only to youth but to everyone.”
– Participant in Alberta
Communities Action Projects (CAPs) are created by children and youth across Canada within our Speaking Rights program and with use of the Speaking Rights Toolkit and Building Inclusive Communities Guide. Each year over 400 young people collaborate with Equitas to initiate their CAPs on issues that matter to them. As children and youth create their own CAP, they build life and leadership skills, and become active members of their community, raising awareness, shifting attitudes and behaviors, and engaging decision-makers to help make communities across Canada more respectful and inclusive.
Click the links if you want to: learn more about CAPs and see CAPs from previous years
The Building Inclusive Communities Guide is a human rights education tool designed to engage diverse young people in actions aimed at building inclusive and rights-respecting communities, using a children’s rights-based approach (CRBA). It complements the work of children and youth-serving organizations across Canada to contribute to inclusive and rights-respecting communities, by providing guidance on how to integrate a child rights-based approach into their work. Learn more here.
Speaking Rights is a human rights education tool that aims at developing the capacity of youth to engage in actions that support respect for human rights. Through participatory activities and Community Action Projects (CAPs), youth are increasing their understanding of human rights and human rights values (such as equality, respect) and building life skills (such as self-awareness, critical thinking, empathy).
Speakingrights.ca is a platform that enables youth participating in our programs to share the impacts of their Community Action Projects and create content online.
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Equitas works with more than 300 community partners in Canada who are collaborating actively with us to shape social change in their communities.
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