It has been great to meet the Youth Volunteers at the Board Meeting today.
Young people who have been teaching me Khmer as well as talking about their experiences here at the centre – what works well and what they would like to see changed.
We had a lot of laughs as I mis-pronounced my name MANY times but I can now count to THREE (four and five are a bit of a struggle at the moment), say “Hello, my name is Andrew”, say I am a Doctor, say “Thank you”… and also tell a joke (thankfully it is only two words in Khmer!).
The value of co-designing services with children and young people cannot be underestimated. I’ve seen here in Cambodia that the Youth Volunteers often have things said to them that the children and young people may be shy about telling the teachers and this can be incredibly beneficial to ensure that some of the more difficult issues facing children and young people are found out about and tackled.
Back in the UK there are many great examples of children and young people taking a leading role in policy development. Have a look at these for a few examples: