Our kids are on a mission: they must make the future a memorable place.
All children are on a mission: make the future a better place. But That’s a heavy responsibility for them; to come for world in small big steps in order to build everyone’s tomorrow. This is why children must be listened to, guided and protected so that they can express themselves safely, within an open dialogue, that is neither judgmental nor conditioned. The natural desire of children to explore the world should not be hindered, it should be indulged instead, by reminding them to be supported in their personal path of growth and evolution. Children must be guided to the conscious acquisition of their autonomy, and this process necessarily passes through communication, both physical and verbal. Children have emotions as complex as those of adults, for this reason they must be able to live them freely, experiencing them all-around. Children who have experienced love, care and hospitality will be adults able to give all this to others.
It is only by realizing the possibility of children to express their opinion – also taking it into account – that a society based on respect for different visions and opinions, as well as on the confrontation and the effective peaceful and participatory search for solutions is realized.
Right to participation therefore means putting in place, on the part of adults, a general path of involving children and adolescents in decisions that affect their life, the life of their families, and the life of the community and society in which they live in as well. Right to participation of children and adolescents means empowering them as individuals and members of the whole community, actually through the guarantee of letting them speak; through their involvement in decision-making projects, and also through practical action aimed at peer education.
Every parent should think about the values they pass on to their children, the tools and skills they give them to face the future. Children are the future of each of us, and the only way we can protect them is to do our best as educators.
Our aim must be to strengthen them, to make them grow, and give them those didactic, moral and educational tools to become more and more citizens of the world.
This is the spirit that characterizes the new generation of young people: creativity, flexibility and proactivity. Young people who experience open training on several fronts, starting from school, passing through sport, travel, and ending with recreational activities; they develop critical thinking skills, they find solutions to problems creatively and they are able to have conversations with other people, promoting their own ideas. All this allows them to grow not only from an educational point of view, but also from a professional one. This is why international training is fundamental and necessary, as it stimulates the capacity for dialogue and critical analysis of problems.