Last month, children and adults spent a beautiful day at the Intergenerational Forum for Citizen Participation, a space for reflection between authorities, child leaders, teachers, parents, and civil society actors. Filled with energy everyone could work together interactively to identify the current conditions of the status of child participation in Bolivia. 

During the Forum, the Study on ‘Social Factors that Determine the Participation of Children’, carried out by the Institute for Research in Behavioural Sciences (IICC) of the Bolivian Catholic University San Pablo (UCB), was presented. This research provides recommendations on how to strengthen the children’s right to participation in various sectors, the State, academic units, families, and civil society and collects relevant information on the status of child participation in the country.

Also, PICA, a news tv show made by and for children, made an audiovisual manifesto collecting the testimonies and experiences of the participants. The Audiovisual Manifesto for a Paradigm Shift in Citizen Participation is the result of the work of all the parties. It aims to call for action and contribute ideas and commitments in favour of a paradigm shift in citizen participation. It also seeks to generate intergenerational spaces for work and dialogue. 

It is essential to thank the Act2gether Latin America’s team for the efforts put into carrying out this event, Educo Bolivia, and the Institute for Research in Behavioural Sciences (IICC) of the Bolivian Catholic University San Pablo (UCB) for the support provided by in this process.

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