Hagar is a 13-year-old girl from the village of Talla in Minia. Along with the other children of her village and their mothers, Hagar participated in the preliminary meetings introducing the elected committee’s concept to the community organized by the Saint Mina Development CBO.
In these meetings, she learned the meaning of children’s rights and how to access her rights, including education, health, and recreation. She was also introduced to the concepts of citizenship and belonging. After the meetings, she said: “I learned how to change my behavior to be more helpful to my peers and useful to the community.”
She was nominated in the children’s committee election with another 15 children and learned about electoral platforms and how to express her opinions. After she won, she attended trainings addressing committee regulations and how to help children access their rights more effectively.
“I’m very happy,” Hagar said, “because I felt my presence and existence, and now I can express my opinions freely.”