The most powerful mechanism by which children can be empowered is by enabling their voice to influence the policies and activities that affect them. This means going beyond working with practitioners to change how they work with children or formulating views on their behalf.

The SiS Catalyst Project designed and implemented a series of workshops held in 20 different countries during 2014. What We Recommend: The voices and opinions of young people provided the opportunity for groups of 10 to 16-year-olds to reflect on education and to make recommendations on different aspects of Science and Society and access to knowledge. The What We Recommend workshops enabled the young people to consider and learn about their own decision-making. Young people were able to gain a greater understanding regarding they choose between options, and to develop a deeper comprehension about choices that they are making in their own lives both now and in the future.

You can view the youtube videos created during each What We Recommend Workshop here.

Following on from this successful workshop series, a guidebook was created to encourage and allow others to host their own events.