Fellow Since 2014
Gundem Cocuk Dernegi
This profile was prepared when Emrah Kirimsoy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Emrah Kırımsoy believes that if given the opportunity and right space, every child is able to create positive social change on every issue concerning their communities and society, from the new park in their neighborhood to the country’s new constitution. She also believes such experiences are necessary to empower children to be active, creative and critical individuals, both today and tomorrow. Based on this firm belief, Emrah and Agenda Children develop innovative processes and workshops that use informal education methods (such as games, simulations and puzzles) and enable children to form and verbalize their opinions, while also making them realize that they are individuals with rights in every area of life. Agenda Children runs children’s rights workshops and media workshops all year around in their offices in Ankara and Van, as well as more than ten cities across Turkey, in partnership with other children’s NGOs.