Young people

Health Promotion in Our Schools by H Hawes

Published by Child to Child, 1997 ISBN 0 946182 10 8

This useful book describes how to use the Child to Child approach in schools. It includes the use of surveys. The book is available from:

TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TX, UK.

PRA with street children in Nepal by R Baker

This was a special issue (No 25) on children’s participation, published in 1996 by IIED PLA Notes and looks at using drawings with children in the PRA technique. Available from:

IIED, 3 Endsleigh St, London, WC1H 0DD, UK.

Communicating with Children: Helping children in distress by Naomi Richman
ISBN 1 870322 49 5

This is one of a series of Development Manuals published by Save the Children in 1993. The effects of conflict and emergencies on children can be devastating. This book aims to help those working in such situations to develop their listening and communication skills with children. It provides a number of case studies and details of how to run training workshops.

The manual is available from TALC at address above.

Children’s Participation by Roger Hart
ISBN 1 85383 322 3

Roger Hart’s book gives a very practical overview of the issues surrounding children’s participation. The book looks mainly at involving children in community development and environmental care. It suggests effective methods and provides several case studies. It’s well laid out, clearly written, and draws from the author’s research and practice over the past ten years. Recommended as a source book for teachers, youth workers and community development workers. Available from:

Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 53, Littlehampton, BN17 7BU, UK. Fax: +44 1903 828802

Stepping Forward

Children and young people’s participation in the development process
Edited by Johnson, Ivan-Smith, Gordon, Pridmore and Scott Published by Intermediate Technology

Young people have much to offer their communities, but they are often excluded in decisions and policies that affect their development. This book was written following an international workshop on children’s participation. It includes many case studies from different countries. The main topics covered include ethical issues, methods of participation, use in crisis situations, implications for organisations and the key qualities needed for children’s participation in development.

Available from: IT Publications, 103–105 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH, UK. Fax +44 171 436 2013 E-mail:

Five Friends of the Sun Longmans Child to Child Reader by Hugh Hawes

When Tulio, a farmer, was killed by a land mine, his death was not ignored by the animals. This is an imaginative new story linking the lives of both those involved in the manufacture and use of land mines and those who suffer their deadly consequences. It encourages children to use their power to raise the awareness of those around them, to protect others and to protest against the deadly threat that landmines bring to the innocent.

Order from TALC (address above).

Child to Child Activity Sheets

These are a resource for teachers and health and community workers. They are designed to help children understand how to improve health in other children, their families and communities. There are many different sheets available on a wide variety of subjects. 35 activity sheets have been bound into one book called the Child to Child Resource Book: Part 2.  Sheet 8.5 on Land Mine Awareness is a new sheet and not included in the book. All are available from TALC (address above).

Various activity sheets have been translated into a number of different languages. Further information and a newsletter is available from:

Child to Child, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1 HOA, UK.

It’s the Young Trees that Make a Thick Forest by Redd Barna

A report on learning experiences with participatory rural appraisal involving both adults and children in Kyakatebe, Uganda. The ideas and activities described can be adapted to many different situations by development workers.

Available from IIED (address above).

Children’s Participation in Action Research

This is a report by ENDA on a Training Course for Trainers held in Johannesburg in 1993. It describes a training programme for doing action research with children. For more details write to:

ENDA-Zimbabwe, PO Box 3492, Harare, Zimbabwe.

A Very Special Place Macmillan Readers: Living Health Level 4 by Agi Kiss

Wambui’s grandmother knows how to use the plants in the forest to heal people. Now she has begun to teach Wambui as well. Wambui’s school teacher supports her dreams of becoming a doctor but doesn’t understand Wambui’s desire to learn about both methods. This is a delightful story, written for older children, of the relationship between traditional and western medicine. It has an accompanying fact file looking at the differences in both methods of healing and how both are important to the health of people throughout the world. This is one of a series of readers published by Macmillan. Available from TALC (address above).

Enfants en recherche et action Published by ENDA

This book presents the experiences of many African urban animators and describes the activities they have set up with child-partners. Rather than claiming easy ‘success stories’ for children in difficult situations, this book is based on considerable thought and practical experiences gained over ten years. It explores their relationships with these children and the methodology they are using in their work. The book is only available in French from:

ENDA, La Documentation Centrale, BP 3370, Dakar, Senegal, W Africa. Fax: +221 8235157 / 8222695

Stratégies pour l’Espoir

The two latest books in this series look at efforts in AIDS education among young people and are highly recommended. They are called Un Idéal Commun and Les Jeunes entre Eux. Though featured in Footsteps 36, we didn’t mention that they were available in French. Free copies are available for organisations in sub-saharan Africa. Available from TALC (address as above).

Guide My Steps compiled by Steve Bishop Tearfund

Copies are still available of this useful compilation of 40 Bible studies from Footsteps. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Footsteps readers are able to request one free copy. Please write, explaining how you would use a copy, to:

Footsteps, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4WQ, UK.

Tearfund reports

Our Voice by Paul Stephenson and Bhima Sangha

This new report documents a participatory action research project conducted by the author with children from the working children’s union, Bhima Sangha, in India. It describes how the project was developed with the children; what they did and what was learned.

Experiments with Child Participation: Nurturing citizenship and civil society in village India by Paul Stephenson

This report details the work of The Concerned for Working Children, Bangalore, India, and is a useful accompaniment to Our Voice. It gives the background to the evolution and work of Bhima Sangha.

Child Development Study Pack by Glenn Miles and Paul Stephenson

This new pack describes good practice for project leaders and evaluators who work with children. It includes case studies, resources and a sample questionnaire to use in evaluation. It is available free of charge from Tearfund.

For all three of these reports write to: Paul Stephenson, Tearfund, 100 Church Rd, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK.