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

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

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.

Active content not displayed. This content requires JavaScript to be enabled.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371