Children report low rates of decision making power in decisions that affect their lives. Research has shown that Khmer children generally do not express their views within the family or community environment. Amongst the poorest families, few are engaged in village or commune planning processes.
Social empowerment for children may be in conflict with traditions and social norms and could be seen as a form of disobedience or lack of respect for elders. However, listening to children’s views can add insight into challenges facing them and their families, which can lead to effective solutions.
COCD plans to increase the ability, opportunity, and confidence of children and their families to plan and share decisions in their own lives and the lives of other people as appropriate, in keeping with Khmer culture.