Children’s Council members are young activists from 12-18yrs of age who act as ambassadors for Barefeet and who advocate for a free and just world.
As these youths represent the future generation of Zambia it is imperative that we provide them with an opportunity to learn and grow. Children’s Council members are provided with the tools and skills necessary to become peer educators and positive role models who then in turn can motivate and support their communities in developing positive and healthy behaviours and life choices.
The Children’s council (C.C) are elected to term on a yearly basis by their peers, the council consisting of roughly 40 OVC’s. The C.C undertakes informative workshops on various topics relevant to their situation such as drug abuse, HIV/STI prevention and intervention and health and nutrition promotion. Information learnt at these workshops is then relayed to the wider community by the C.C through the medium of theater.
The C.C council are also responsible for producing Barefeet’s monthly newsletter, are encouraged to partake in public speaking workshops, debates held within our various partner centres and local schools, and ultimately the C.C are empowered to lobby the government on issues surrounding the fair and just treatment and protection of OVC’s. Ultimately, the C.C provides the vulnerable children of Zambia a platform from which to have their voices heard.