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Children’s participation

6 May 2011

Children have the right to healthcare, education and appropriate conditions for their development. They also should be protected from violence and exploitation. However, not everyone understands that the participation of children is a basic right. A report of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states that children’s opinions are frequently disregarded, a problem targetted by an EU supported project in Armenia. The Regional Children Action for Participation project began in Yerevan on 25 March.
The programme is being funded by the European Union and implemented by Save the Children in partnership with The Future Is Yours local NGO. It works with 20 schools in Yerevan and 5 other provinces, covering approximately 10,000 children of different social backgrounds. Its specific activities will encourage children’s interest in their rights. “We should protect children’s rights, including their right to have their own opinion and the right to express that opinion. This is the goal of this programme, which will be implemented in the Southern Caucasus”, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia H.E. Raul de Luzenberger.
Today all the preparatory work is complete and target schools have been chosen. Facilitators should work to help children reveal problems connected with violations of children’s rights and eventually protect their own rights by themselves and by informing adults. The Country Director of Save the Children Armenia, Irina Saghoyan, noted that “rights are also closely tied with responsibility, another idea which must be encouraged among children.”

Children’s participation

Children have the right to healthcare, education and appropriate conditions for their development. They also should be protected from violence and exploitation. However, not everyone understands that the participation of children is a basic right. A report of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states that children's opinions are frequently disregarded, a problem targetted by an EU supported project in Armenia. The Regional Children Action for Participation project began in Yerevan on 25 March. The programme is being funded by the European Union and implemented by Save the Children in partnership with The Future Is Yours local NGO. It works with 20 schools in Yerevan and 5 other provinces, covering approximately 10,000 children of different social backgrounds. Its specific activities will encourage children's interest in their rights. "We should protect children's rights, including their right to have their own opinion and the right to express that opinion. This is the goal of this programme, which will be implemented in the Southern Caucasus", said the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia H.E. Raul de Luzenberger. Today all the preparatory work is complete and target schools have been chosen. Facilitators should work to help children reveal problems connected with violations of children's rights and eventually protect their own rights by themselves and by informing adults. The Country Director of Save the Children Armenia, Irina Saghoyan, noted that "rights are also closely tied with responsibility, another idea which must be encouraged among children." [gallery link="file" columns="2"]