Empowerment and Development of Self-Leadership of Children and Youths Lile’s Story

  •  Gila Cohen Zilka    


These days, children are exposed to a variety of information sources and channels, which create more complex interactions than ever before. It is important, therefore, to develop and reinforce children’s self-leadership. The present work is a narrative qualitative study focusing on the story of Lile, a 14-year-old Israeli girl who was assessed as a passive, quiet child, preferring not to stand out or express herself face-to-face or through the numerous media channels where other children in her class are active. The purpose of the study was to document the process of transformation experienced by Lile, from a child who avoided interaction as much as possible into a child seeking interaction. Lile stopped treating herself as stupid and censuring herself for things she did not say or did not do. She understood her difficulty, learned to accept it, learned to process and contain her feelings, not to try to hide them from herself, and learned to express feelings and apprehensions aloud, without fear of herself and of others.

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