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Raising The Nation: Empowering Youth for a Brighter Future

In the pursuit of a brighter future, RFK Human Rights UK is spearheading a transformative approach to youth development. Chair Paul Lindley's upcoming book, Raising The Nation, not only emphasises the importance of empowering young individuals with knowledge of their rights but also sheds light on the pivotal role of child-centered policies in strengthening communities, the environment, society, and the economy.

Paul Lindley OBE is an award-winning British entrepreneur, social campaigner and best-selling author. Raising The Nation features a number of essays written by academics and campaigners such as Sadiq Khan, Charlotte Church, Jude Kelly, Anita Okunde and Kerry Kennedy. Raising The Nation is his second book, following Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler.

Toddler smiling with a sign held in front of him which states 'Article... 1 everyone is born free and deserves equal rights'
Young black girl wearing a crop top and jeans holds sign infront of her face which states 'Article 5 no one should be tortured or be treated as less than human'
Images from RFK Human Rights UK's Community Feast of Hope, as part of the Ripples of Hope Festival.

Empowerment Through Informed Policies:

Lindley's vision goes beyond individual empowerment; it extends to the implementation of child-centered policies that serve as the bedrock of a thriving society. Raising The Nation advocates for policies that not only recognise the unique needs of young people but actively engage them in the decision-making processes that shape their lives. In doing so, these policies become instruments of empowerment, instilling a sense of responsibility and agency in the youth.

“The right book at the right time…. full of fresh ideas. It should be required reading for all policy-makers in national and local government.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Painting showing five students in school uniforms. Two are holding signs which say 'Love One Another' and 'We are ALL EQUAL'. Above them is rainbow and a yellow banner with 'Sacred Heart RC Primary School'. To the bottom left is a world globe with a tree and wind turbine. Above is a Black Lives Matter badge.
Image of art created by students at Speak Truth To Power school Sacred Heart RC Primary School.

Strengthening Communities:

Child-centered policies, as envisioned by Lindley, play a crucial role in strengthening the fabric of our communities. By prioritising the well-being, education, and participation of young individuals, these policies foster a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Raising The Nation explores how communities flourish when they invest in the potential of their youth, creating a nurturing environment that values diversity, inclusivity, and collective progress.

A young girl dressed in a black crewneck jumper, jeans and pink converse hold a sign saying 'The Earth Is Warming Up!' with a cartoon planet on fire below.
Sustainable Environmental Practices:

Lindley's commitment to a holistic future extends to the environment. Child-centered policies, when aligned with environmental sustainability, ensure that young people inherit a world that is not only rich in resources but also mindful of its ecological impact. By instilling environmental awareness and responsibility, these policies contribute to the creation of environmentally conscious citizens and sustainable communities.

Image of Speak Truth To Power school Sacred Heart on Human Rights Day 2022. Learn more about our educational programmes here.

Social Cohesion and Economic Prosperity:

The integration of child-centered policies into the societal framework is not just an investment in the youth but a strategic move towards economic prosperity. Raising The Nation underscores the correlation between a well-supported, educated, and empowered youth population and a robust economy. By channeling resources into education, healthcare, and social programs, these policies lay the foundation for a skilled workforce and socially responsible entrepreneurs.

“Children are 20% of our population, 100% of our future. This book comprehensively shows how failure to acknowledge that is the biggest missed opportunity.”
Tim Loughton MP, Former Minister for Children and Co-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children

Five young girls stood in a line smiling towards the camera. One girl is wearing a 'Votes For Women' purple, white and green sash.
Image of Speak Truth To Power school Sacred Heart on Human Rights Day 2022. Learn more about our educational programmes here.

As RFK Human Rights UK prepares for the Manchester launch of 'Raising The Nation,' the organisation reinforces the notion that true empowerment goes hand-in-hand with child-centered policies. Lindley's vision extends beyond individual rights, encompassing the holistic development of young individuals and their communities. Raising The Nation not only advocates for empowering the youth with knowledge of their rights but also calls for a comprehensive and inclusive approach to policymaking, one that strengthens communities, preserves the environment, fosters social cohesion, and propels economic prosperity.

Paul's commitment to strenghtening the rights of children is evident through his on-going support of our Speak Truth To Power programme in schools. Through this multifaceted strategy, RFK Human Rights UK aims to build a future where the empowerment of youth is synonymous with the overall well-being and prosperity of society at large.

Kerry Kennedy stands next to an illustrated wall piece. Helena Kennedy and Paul Lindley pose with their heads through the cut out circles in the wall.
Image of Kerry Kennedy (Left), Baroness Helena Kennedy (Centre) and Paul Lindley (Right) at the Ripples of Hope Festival at HOME MCR.

Join us at the 'Raising The Nation' Manchester book launch on Tuesday 14th November, 6pm-8pm at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Paul will be in conversation with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Youth Activist, Anita Okunde. With a special poetry reading from Keisha Thompson, CEO of CONTACT Theatre.
Graphic of the book cover for Paul Lindley's book 'Raising The Nation: How To Build a Better Future for Our Children (And Everyone Else) against purple background with white text over ''


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