Understanding research with children and young people
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Understanding research with children and young people

3 The UNICEF U-report

The United Nations Children's Fund, (UNICEF), is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. The UNCRC, that you have just been learning about, is at the basis of all of UNICEF’s work. You can see how UNICEF promotes and supports the key tenets of the UNCRC in a practical way as you work through this next activity.

You are now going to look at a case-study from UNICEF Uganda, which offers an example of children being consulted so that they can participate meaningfully in matters affecting their lives. Click on the link here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to find out as much as you can about the project, then try the activities that follow. Remember to open the link in a new tab or window, so you can easily refer back to the course.

Activity 4

Timing: Allow approximately 25 minutes.

1. Complete the sentences by dragging the appropriate ending to match with the beginnings.

The objectives of the U-Report were:

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. of young people in developing countries.

  2. for the gathering of information from various sources.

  3. through SMS text messaging.

  4. based on the information gained.

  5. to decision-makers in positions of power.

  • a.To send the reports

  • b.To disseminate information gained

  • c.To provide a central platform

  • d.To amplify the voices and views

  • e.To compile reports

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = d
  • 2 = c
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = e
  • 5 = a

2. This project was successful for a variety of reasons, some of which you will see listed below.

Which was the most important reason out of this list, do you think? Remember there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer here.

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