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WCC’s engagement for children

The World Council of Churches is working to improve children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels.

 

The World Council of Churches advocates for children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels. Being present – and often the gathering point – in rural and urban communities, churches have a unique position to influence society at all levels, from parents and school teachers to decision makers in public and private sectors.

How can churches use their influence to improve children’s lives?

The WCC led a broad consultative process among member churches and partners about the question “How can churches use their influence to improve children’s lives”? This process was initiated by the Commission of Churches on International Affairs and included theologians, child rights experts and children themselves. It led to the “Churches’ Commitments to Children”, an open invitation and living resource for the ecumenical commitment to child wellbeing.

Download the ”Churches’ Commitments to Children”

Resources and tools overview

List of contributors

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Engaging children/youth in the implementation
of Churches’ Commitments To Children

The ”Churches’ Commitments to Children” support engagement of churches in 3 areas: Child Protection, Child Participation and Climate Justice initiatives with Children. The development and implementation of “Churches’ Commitments to Children” is supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) through a global WCC-UNICEF partnership, with a focus on ending violence against children and climate justice.


NEW:
The map to facilitate networking and collaboration among churches and partners in the implementation of the Churches' Commitments to Children.

 


”Churches’ Commitments to Children” POSTER (A3, pdf)

The poster summarizes the “Churches’ Commitments to Children” in a way that it can be useful for all age groups, including children. You may download and print it to discuss the Commitments within your church community.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Commitments and join efforts to improve child-wellbeing through churches, please contact the WCC special advisor on children’s rights. Please do let us know if you would like to share your experience or tools with other churches. Resources already available to support churches’ efforts for child wellbeing are presented in the following overview.


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