The Study of Child Participation in the Arab Countries
Intellectual Frame of the Study:
Children may play an active role in society if given a proper space to express their concerns, and were perceived not only as subjects of rights, but as a group capable of defending these rights. Children participation in different shapes and different levels, and in diverse situations and circumstances, is deemed a true expression of the nature of their development in pursuit of self-achievement. However, such achievement depends on adults' recognizing, understanding, degree of awareness, and attitudes towards children, closely connected to social, economic and cultural elements that constitute restrictions to children participation in matters and issues of their lives. This is due to the dominant culture that clearly impedes children's right to participate; stereotyping them as subjects of care and not as subjects of rights, which contributes to putting children in the circle of inaction. Further, the space and the effectiveness of participation allowed to children by the community reflect the participation available to community of adults, and are deemed an indicator to working under the principles of democracy and citizenship.
The Study depends on field material (qualitative and quantitative) that is collected by professional researchers in eight Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, and Sudan). This Study seeks to answer a number of questions including the following:
- How far Arab societies respond to international conventions on children protection, and enabling them to participate in building their lives and future?
- How far the Arab culture allows children participation in the different contexts of their lives (family, school, and community)?
- When there is some kind of children participation, who identifies its frame? How it is actually achieved in reality? What is its relationship with gender discrimination in family and school?
- How media and civil society participate in promoting children participation and protecting their rights?
Objectives of the Study:
- Identifying the level of Arab children participation in the planning of programs directed to them, and decisions affecting them on the levels of family, school, local community, and media.
- Identifying the level of children participation and its relation to their ability to protect themselves against violence and abuse.
Scope of the Study:
Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, and Sudan.
Main Expert: Dr. Ahmad Zayed
Assistant Staff: Dr. Manal Zakarya, Dr. Mona Al Hadidi, Ms. Rasha Mohamed
Dr. Abdul Aziz Ali Al Khazalla (Jordan), Dr. Mohamed Abdul Hady (Tunisia), Dr. Ghazi Bin Abdul Aziz Al Sadhan (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Ebtesam Sati Ibrahim (Sudan), Dr. Laila No'man (Iraq), Dr. Fatma Ali Koubasey (Qatar), Dr. Bayar Felefeli (Lebanon).
The Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) is an Arab non-governmental development organization that has a legal entity and operating in the field of childhood under the presidency of HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz. ACCD was founded in 1987 upon the initiative of the late HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz...read more