Checklist 4.1 Identifying target groups and selecting children
Clearly identify target beneficiaries or programme participants.
Identify the stakeholders and the possible support systems for the children who have been identified as target groups to help ensure programme success.
Ensure that there will be no gender bias that will pre-empt the participation of girls or of boys who are involved in the same type of work.
Are there provisions for programme elements to ensure equal access by children of both sexes:
If there are cultural reasons for working exclusively with boys or with girls, what are the alternative provisions for the group of children who are not as accessible?
Can the programme work with existing schoolteachers, community and religious leaders who will be acceptable to the community?
Define whether the programme will require additional criteria for children's participation.
Are there certain age groups that the programme is more competent to work with?
Are there certain minimum levels of functional literacy skills that are required for the children's participation?
Will the degree of involvement and the nature of parents' cooperation be included as a precondition for participation?
Are parents to be required to contribute fees, materials or time for their children to be eligible for participation?
Can they afford these requirements?
Will those who are most vulnerable and at greatest risk of exploitation be considered as priority groups:
Plan for a systematic and clear process for recruiting and selecting target children.
Will aptitude tests be administered to determine their current level of functioning in terms of language, cognitive and other skills?
How can the results be used in a way that will not exclude children or be prejudicial to their participation?
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