How can we ensure young children’s meaningful involvement within educational, social, and policy contexts, all in the pursuit of a more positive future for humanity?
What approaches can be employed to effectively transform the recognition of the significance of listening to young children's voices into sustainable initiatives?
The Voices of Children International project is a multiyear initiative and action research study led by University College London (UCL), with the primary objective of honoring the fundamental right of young children to have their voices heard and celebrated. The overarching aim is to introduce the innovative NEW Voices of Children pedagogy, developed collaboratively by educators, researchers, and children, using creative arts as a medium. Additionally, the project seeks to engage parents, grandparents, and older family members in the process.
The Voices of Children Labs, situated in early years settings, preschools, and kindergartens globally, prioritize high-quality training and mentorship provided by UCL's PhD and Master students. These Labs empower educators, with the guidance of their mentors, to elicit children's voices in daily routines and actively engage parents and older family members in the educational process.
The Annual Voices of Children International Gallery Exhibition will be held at UCL East London alongside the 2024 Bright Start International Conference, featuring artworks and messages from children in all participating countries. The exhibition is designed to share children's artifacts with educators, parents, researchers, policymakers, the media and the entire community and will coincide with the 1st Early Years Family Arts Festival.