From June 10th until June 16th The KidsRights Youngsters came together in Amsterdam for the annual Workshop Week. This week helps The KidsRights Youngsters develop their skills, grow as a group of global changemakers and work on the global youth movement PUSH!

Work sessions were held to strengthen the changemaking actions of The KidsRights Youngsters and to develop their own personal skill set. They exchanged ideas and best practices to learn from each other and together they picked up tips and tricks on how to engage more youth and children in their activities. The Youngsters learned how to use visual storytelling online and how to vlog, but they also witnessed their own stories being featured in the International Children’s Peace Prize exhibition. This made a huge impact and gave them a new perspective, said Baruani: “I like the exhibition. There are different ways to inform people and I think this is a good one. The combination with the World Press Photo is really nice. We are showing that we are changing the world that you see in those pictures.”

Each year The KidsRights Youngsters adopt the theme of the most recent International Children’s Peace Prize winner to amplify his or her actions. This year they followed in Kehkashan’s footsteps to take care of the planet. During the Workshop Week they worked on gaining knowledge on climate change, pollution, scarcity of natural resources, and how to combat it.  It provided new insights: “It struck me that the environment is a bigger problem than I thought, but I also learned that every little action helps,” said Kesz.

KidsRights also organized very fruitful focus discussions for The KidsRights Youngsters with high school students from the Netherlands and the Dutch UN Youth Representatives on Sustainable Development in support of our first global youth PUSH! campaign on the environment.

Together with The KidsRights Youngsters KidsRights looks back at an inspiring, empowering and successful week. It is time to put the gathered knowledge into practice!