The Child-to-Child Approach refers to a style of child empowerment where children are active participants in their own development and the development of other children. This approach is based on the belief that children, from whatever circumstances, are capable of helping themselves. The approach assumes that children will gain more from their development if they are active participants in the development process rather than passive recipients.
Consequently programs employing the Child-to-Child Approach aim to empower children with skills, knowledge and attitude to enhance not only themselves but to give them the ability to reach out to other children. Children who have acquired the appropriate skills, knowledge and attitude through various training programs are then able to share those assets with other children, in a variety of venues and using a variety of mediums. Children who are able to effectively share their skills with other children generally are good leaders, role models and facilitators.
Bahay Tuluyan uses the Child-to-Child Approach in many of its programs, particularly Alternative Education.