Original Research - Special Collection: Doing Theology with Children: Exploring Emancipatory Methodologies

Engaging children as ‘agents of change’: The Grahamstown Scout Group

Nora E. Saneka, Anna L. Prest Talbot
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5490 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5490 | © 2019 Nora E. Saneka, Anna L. Prest Talbot | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 April 2019 | Published: 24 October 2019

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Nora E. Saneka, Department of Educational Psychology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Anna L. Prest Talbot, Student Engagement Division, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa


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Abstract

This article, as a narrative, offers a ‘learning journey’ of the Grahamstown Scout Group, and reveals how ‘the child’s right to participation’ (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNCRC 1989) is actualised in the life and workings of this group. The methodology used by the facilitator of the Scout Group explores different ways of listening and responding to the children, inspired by three different approaches on working with children that overlap and resonate with each other. The article outlines various ways in which the ‘image’ of the child is a historical and social interpretation and explores the meaning of this for theology and children’s ministry. A ‘rights-based approach’ to working with children reveals them as created in the ‘image of God’ and co-constructors with God of a ‘better world for children’, as they become ‘agents of change’.

Keywords

empowerment; children’s rights; hermeneutic justice; theosony; praxeology.

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