To entice and draw youth to participate in the contest local and national

To entice and draw youth to participate in the

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of Muslims and Christians and young men and women. To entice and draw youth to participate in the contest, local and national celebrities, artists, and leaders were asked to act as its judges. The project not only brought youth together across the religious divide to work together towards a common goal of which they could take pride, but allowed them to openly express their hopes for peace to their communities, and transform their urban environment from one filled with messages of violence and hatred, to one filled with messages of tolerance and unity. 6.1.2 Roles for children Children can play a number of roles in the preparation for, response to, and recovery from crises. They are able to contribute to policies and planning processes, to the design of assessments and evaluations, to gather data and provide information, to act as child rights advocates, and to raise awareness of problems. Older children may even be involved in the delivery of services. Creating opportunities for child participation should be balanced against the potential security risk to children in a particular situation. Children and their parents may not always be aware of the risks of participation, so organizations involved in crisis response should encourage only participation that is in the best interest of the child. 6.1.3 Informing children and building the capacity to participate Children and their caregivers should have access to information about their right to participate and how to pursue it. This may be challenging, especially during rapid onset emergencies, such as an earthquake or a Tsunami. Information can be disseminated through schools, community centers, child friendly spaces. Targeted measures should be taken to ensure that hard to reach children , including displaced children seeking shelter outside of camps, children from different identity groups, and disabled children have equal access to this information. Information should be child-friendly, and include the purpose of the process, expected outcome, and potential impact on the children and their families. Children may need to build skills to contribute to those processes which affect them. Relief agencies should ensure that boys and girls of different age groups and abilities are provided with the tools and context that will allow them to contribute meaningfully. In cases where only a few children are able to participate in a given activity or process, they should be permitted to select their own representatives to participate. 6.1.4 Preparing organizations to involve children in their work In order to involve children ethically, safely and meaningfully, organizations need to prepare. Government, NGO, and private organization’s policies and procedures for crisis response and protection of civilians should be reviewed to ensure that a meaningful role for children is included.
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