The Children's Parliament: The impact of COVID-19

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect your right to participate? Explain which situations were allowed during the pandemic and which were not.

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Take two minutes to explore the poster 'The Children's Parliament' with a group of 2-8 players.


Ask the participants which things on the panel were not allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Write them down on the blackboard or on a paper.


Then, ask each individual participant which element he/she was missing the most. Why was this not allowed anymore? Make sure everyone can share his/her opinion.


Now find the things on the poster that were also there during the pandemic. For example: face mask, taking online classes ...

- Why were these things needed?


Open a discussion about how they felt during the pandemic and all the rules imposed:

- Was it difficult for the players to follow these 'new' rules?

- Did they feel they had a say during this pandemic?

- ...

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The 'Children's Parliament' poster

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 is based on the following game and can be used to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the right to protection for children and young people.

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