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Lebanon’s children and youth raise their voices.


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.

https://www.unicef.org/lebanon/stories/lebanons-children-and-youth-raise-their-voices

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