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The Bamboo Shoots manual opens opportunities for children to learn about their own rights and discover the beauty of their potential. Once acquired, this knowledge will help children step out of silence and inequality and into a life of dignity and self-realisation. The manual is an expression of Plan Cambodia’s commitment to ensuring that the rights of children are protected, respected and fulfilled. It is a manual that contains a body of knowledge on rights-based programming and tools and techniques that are deeply rooted in international human rights and child rights principles. The emphasis of the training is on practical actions that children will come up with following identification of the child rights violations – it therefore creates a platform for them to recognise and address issues affecting them directly. Children are the main actors in their own development, not just on the receiving end of development. Children can critically analyse their situation, including the factors that facilitate or hinder their development. Child-led actions can stimulate duty bearers in their responsibility to protect, fulfil and respect the rights of children.
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