Young People at the Centre

Participation and Social Change

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“Youth participation” is a popular buzzword in today’s development lexicon. But when is it a practical instrument of development, and when is it mere window-dressing? What does it mean in today’s rapidly changing societies – participation in change itself? This lively and provocative book draws together a host of experiences and views on the subject, from agencies and individuals in diverse fields. Perhaps the strongest message that emerges is that youth participation can be practiced in any setting, on any scale. But it rarely is. This prompts some contributors to ask, are young people the last group in society to suffer “legitimate” discrimination?



Framing Youth Participation in the Twenty-first Century or ‘Missing the Wood for the Trees'

There always have been and always will be exceptional young people in the world. Are there really no modern day equivalents to Goliath-slaying Davids or Joan of Arc? At age 12, Canadian Craig Keiggleburger started a campaign against child labour in the sportswear industry that contributed to starting a global movement.


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