Importance of Youth Engagement in Development


Children are directly and indirectly affected by the decisions made on local, national, and global scales. Too often, children are left out of these conversations about their lives and wellbeing, even though they have a right to participate.

In 1989, the UN General Assembly passed the resolution for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention, as well as the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, protect a child’s right to grow up in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. The Convention also describes children’s right to their own opinions, to be listened to and respected by adults, and to be involved in matters affecting them. Freedom of expression and association, access to information, education, and the knowledge of their rights are also all protected under the Convention.

At Kakenya’s Dream, we center the child, specifically girls who are most marginalized. Through our Health and Leadership Training Camps, we invite girls, boys, and community members to realize a child’s rights together. At the end of these trainings, the girls and boys are empowered and motivated to be advocates for their rights. By inviting family and community members to celebrate at the end of each training, we are demonstrating the importance in combining adult support with the empowerment and engagement of a child.

Students are congratulated after completing their Health & Leadership Trainings.

Students are congratulated after completing their Health & Leadership Trainings.


At Kakenya’s Dream, children are at the center of everything. We listen to them, believe in their potential, and empower them to achieve their dreams. To learn more about how we are empowering the children in our Health & Leadership Trainings, click here.

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Andrew Isaacs