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Lebanon’s children and youth raise their voices


Learn what happened when 170 children and young people, from all over Lebanon, came together at a series of UNICEF - organised consultations and discussed the challenges they face and proposed solutions.

We are here today to prepare ourselves through activities to identify our problems and share them with the government, so they can bring us a better future

Vera, 15 year's old

“We are here today to prepare ourselves through activities to identify our problems and share them with the government, so they can bring us a better future,” said Vera, a 15 year’s old. Hussein, a 12 years old added, “It is important for us, as children, to talk about our problems, and I am here today to demand my rights”.

The children and young people spoke with a maturity that often belied their ages. Empowered by the freedom to learn from UNICEF moderators, and invited to speak freely about real-life issues, the individual statements addressed the collective emotions, with one announcing: “This is the first time we as children coordinate, design and organize such activities”.

Far from purely representing their own thoughts, delegates attended in representation of their peers – similarly-minded children at school, within their families, and friends. While protecting the privacy of the delegates, issues were divided across two categories – the first dealing with personal concerns relating to the individual’s life experiences, and the second looked at wider issues of the society.

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