by Ariunzaya Davaa
There are over 27,000 active U-Reporters across Indonesia. These are young people who have raised their voices to influence national and even global discussions on issues that are relevant to them including Sustainable Development Goals and National Strategy on the Elimination of Violence in Childhood.
To reach more children and youth and ensure their voices are heard, the Pramuka and UNICEF Indonesia signed a partnership agreement in 2015, paving the way for a collaboration to engage Indonesia’s Scouts on many issues that are of importance for children and young people in Indonesia.
Some 25,000 Scouts from all over Indonesia participated in the weeklong 10th National Jamboree. With 20 million Scouts, 50% of the global membership, Gerakan Pramuka is the largest Scouts movement in the world.
At the opening ceremony, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said, “As a big nation, Indonesia has significant challenges to solve, including poverty and social disparities. That’s why our young people need to be more positive and resilient to have a competitive advantage. I encourage the Scouts movement to remain relevant by using the rapidly growing information technology. However, social media is not a tool for you to hurt or bully each other”.
At the Jamboree, UNICEF ran interactive sessions on U-Report. Thousands of Scouts participated in the sessions, which explained what U-Report is all about and how to use it to communicate and share information on issues related to children’s rights.
“I just signed up to U-Report,” says the enthusiastic 14-year-old Karin from Nusa Tenggara Timur after the session. “I want to deliver my opinion to decision makers. Because most adults do not hear us children“.
Approximately 1,000 new U-Reporters signed up through Facebook, Twitter, and SMS during the Jamboree. They all took a pledge to sign up five of their friends in the coming days.
UNICEF offers Pramuka the possibility to become a leader in child’s rights advocacy. The partnership on U-Report will ensure massive recruitment of new U-Reporters: 100,000 new members by mid-2017. Pramuka will receive access to a modern platform to engage directly with its members. UNICEF training Scouts on nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and child protection boosts the capacity of the Scouts to become children’s rights leaders in their respective communities.
The more U-Reporters raise their voices, the louder they will be when it comes to decisions that affect their lives. Indonesia is a nation of young people. The future is in their hands; they must speak up now. Every voice matters.
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