We have started witnessing signs of child participation and involvement. They are now questioning their own society! Children are on high alert about their rights and desire to be involved in the issues affecting them. One case is where the children in one of the local primary school feel the teachers should involve them in deciding if they need extra tuition classes once the schools close next week 12th April. The children were told to bring the parents next week to discuss the extra tuition classes. 'Why are they not talking to us? We have our plans for the holiday. We think the holiday is short, only 2 week' student Newton. The children have been in school for 15 weeks and only have a short break of 2 weeks before resuming classes again for second term. Children have reported some improvement in the parents' attitude and approach towards them. There is great appreciation of the right for the child top play and interact with his/her peers. 'Nowadays, after taking our lunch, we take a bath and go to the TYSA field to play and interact with our peers. In the morning we help the parents with light work. This was not true before as parents insisted we go back to work in the farms after lunch' Newton Another observation as sighted by the children is the fact that children are literally pushing their parents to ensure they get basic education. In the past parents would be the ones pushing children to go to school and when they refuse, parents would give up and the child drops out of school. Children are now at the demanding for their right to education. This shift is a good indicator that there is significant change taking place in the community. As part of increasing children exposure and capacity, 12 children will participate in this year Laikipia Unity Camp to be held from 27th to 29th April 2012. This is in partnership with Streetfootballworld. The children aged underr16 and under 13 boys and girls will demonstrate the skills they have learn here at TYSA under the Youth and Junior assemblies. They are expected to share this knowledge and skills with their counter parts in Laikipia which experiences conflict. When I asked Master Newton to suggest key qualities of the children who should participate, he smiled and said; courageous and able to mentor or coach others. We shall keep you posted on the development of this UNITY Mission to Laikipia Kenya
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