Eurochild makes an impact
Thursday 30 April 2009
Eurochild is an international network of
organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to
improve the quality of life of children and young people. Its work
is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Under the UNCRC, the participation of children and young people
in decisions that affect their lives is a basic right and as a
result, listening to children and young people and feeding their
opinions into policy debates at EU level is a key goal for
To explore how this can be done in a meaningful way, several
Eurochild members are working together within the group Child and
Youth Participation. Members of the group are working to define
participation, understand how it works best, apply it to their
organisations, and bring it into Eurochild's work.
An important step was made last October, when young people from
the UK, Cyprus, Germany and Hungary gathered in Cardiff for a
members' exchange seminar to lead workshops on participation. One
month later, they met again at Eurochilds' annual conference where
they led a panel discussion.
Asked to identify four issues of greatest importance to them,
the young people highlighted: education, bullying, children's
rights and social disadvantage. For each issue, they raised
concerns and addressed questions to the panel.
As a result, the representative present from the Department of
Work and Pensions committed to organising a "get heard for
children" programme, to listen to children and young people
experiencing poverty and social exclusion.
Peter, a young person from Hungary who attended said, "We could
really contribute to the event. I realised that there are people
working hard for our rights, and they treated us as partners. I had
never experienced anything like this before."
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