Be You has developed this resource for early learning services, school age care services, and schools to guide planning for empowering children and young people in your learning community.
Download Planning for Empowerment: Growing a mentally healthy generation (1.99 MB, PDF)
Use this resource to grow a shared understanding of children’s empowerment
Empowerment is seeing and understanding children as competent and capable young citizens who can contribute to their world.
Planning for Empowerment can support you to reflect on how everyone in your learning community understands empowerment. Consider how our values, beliefs and biases influence our perspectives in relation to children.
Explore what influences children’s empowerment
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child contains fundamental principles which when embedded into learning environments supports empowerment through:
- Growing positive relationships
- Valuing children as competent learners, decision-makers and active contributors to their everyday world
- Critical reflection resulting in educator intentionality with philosophy, pedagogy, practices, processes and curriculum
Understand the rights of children and embed them in everyday practice
Empowering environments support children’s rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child explains that children need opportunities to learn and enact their rights.
Planning for Empowerment: Growing a mentally healthy generation contains reflective questions that can support your team to practically consider how we listen, hear and respond to children’s voices and how children are learning about, understanding and enacting their rights.
Explore the connections between Be You, the National Quality Standard and empowering environments
Use Planning for Empowerment: Growing a mentally healthy generation to create connections that can inform and demonstrate how we meet the requirements of the National Quality Standard.
Read and reflect on the ideas and strategies within this resource with your team.
You can also explore these concepts further next time you join a Be You Conversation with a Be You Consultant.