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Listening to the voices of children: understanding the human rights priorities of children with disability in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
journal contributionposted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Elena Jenkin, Erin WilsonErin Wilson, Matthew ClarkeMatthew Clarke, Robert Campain, Kevin MurfittKevin Murfitt
In developing countries, children with disability lack basic services yet their voices are missing in the development agenda. This article reports on research to investigate the human rights needs and priorities of 89 children with disability aged 5–18 years in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. An accessible and inclusive research method was developed to enable children with diverse disabilities to communicate their own views via visual, audio and tactile means. Data were analysed in relation to the Articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, identifying a wide range of priority areas including recreation, leisure and cultural life; employment; home and family life; and education. It is proposed that policy and programme responses must take a holistic view of children and their needs, affirming but thinking beyond the importance of education, to address the complexity of the systemic disadvantage faced by children with disability.