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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 10 Children as special citizens


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 10 Children as special citizens Louise Chawla and Anne Trine Kjørholt Introduction eleven local council authorities took part in the experiment. The project, entitled Try Yourself, Our experience has shown that even though tried to connect children's participation to play- like activities (Chawla, 1994). The intention of there is more and more rhetoric about children's the project was that children themselves should inclusion in decision-making at both local and take the initiative to plan, apply for funding, regional levels, it is difficult to realise children's actual participation in practice. Often and carry out a variety of leisure-time activities. projects aimed at involving children in local The project gave the children an opportunity to decision-making turn into planning processes apply for financial support to put their own that use children as `hostages' for adult ideas into practice: such as starting a newspaper, producing a play, making a film or interests. For children to really participate in video, building a hut. It was important that planning requires something more than just adults should not organise the activities - asking them about their opinions. It takes an extended period of time, and means involving children themselves were ...

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