The Children's Parliament: Exploring participation rights in different situations

Get the children to think about specific situations in which their right to participation can flourish. Have they already experienced such situations?

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Gather a group of players around the poster.


Give each player a bottle cap and have them take turns throwing their bottle cap at a particular situation on the poster.


After choosing a situation, have the children divide into two groups: one that has already experienced this situation (one side of the room) and one that has not (other side of the room).


Start a discussion about the division into these two groups and their experiences in this situation (regarding their participation rights). Allow both groups to speak. Some sample questions are included in the 'Additional game information'.

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Discussion questions

- Is the right to participation violated or respected in this situation? How does this become clear?

- How was it for you to experience this situation? 

- Which duty-bearers were involved in this situation (on the panel)? Which duty-bearers were specifically involved in your situation?

- Which duty-bearers should/could help you in such situations?

- What can you do if those duty-bearers do not fulfil their duty? Who have you asked for help if you have been in this situation before?

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The 'Children's Parliament' poster is the overview poster for the right to participation. The posters show a multitude of situations in the parliament building. Outside of the parliament, people are demonstrating. The text balloons show additional situations linked to the right of participation. The QR code on the panel links to an audio story that gives a good introduction to start the conversation on the right to participation with your target group.

The rights linked to participation are the following: 

Art. 7 – Name and nationality | Art. 8 - Identity | Art. 12 – Respect for children’s view | Art. 13 – Sharing thoughts freely | Art. 14 – Freedom of thought and religion | Art. 15 – Setting up or joining groups | Art. 17 – Access to information | Art. 28 – Access to education | Art. 29 – Aims of education | Art. 30 – Minority culture, language and religion | Art. 31 – Rest, play, culture, arts | Art. 42 – Everyone must know children’s rights 

All children's rights icons used on the posters are created by UNICEF for their child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This game has been specially created to work on the topic of duty-bearers with children and youngsters.


Think of other ways to divide the group into two subgroups, for example:

• Have one group sit down and the other stand up.

• Have one group raise the right hand and the other the left.

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