20 years of Social Innovation programs involving children- WHAT IF WE GAVE THE CHANCE TO ALL CHILDREN TO MAKE THEIR VOICE HEARD?
For 20 years, our experts have carried out dozens of social innovation and participatory planning projects involving children. Arkki has partnered with local authorities such as the Thai Parliament, Helsinki city, or Ho Chi Mihn City Department of Planning and Architecture and international organizations, such as Save the Children or UNICEF among others.
These projects have been recognized internationally and in 2019 Arkki’s children Social Innovation project Children Innovate won UNICEF CFCI AWARD. Children Innovate project was one of the 6 chosen initiatives out of 226 social innovation projects submitted worldwide.
“Almost everywhere in the world, the design process is undertaken by adults, while the end-users are often children, such is the case in parks, public areas, and schools. Children Innovate: Smart and Child-Friendly Cities creates an environment for children to express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them, so that a safe, secure and clean environment, taking into account children’s perspectives, may be provided by urban planning experts and decision-makers”
Marianne Oehlers, Chief of Programme Partnerships Office UNICEF Viet Nam.