Protection of Children’s Rights in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Protection of Children’s Rights in Armenia

13 November 2012

On 31 October 2012, the “Unite for Children, Save Futures” (UCSF) project organised its closing event in Yerevan, during which it presented the results achieved after three years of implementation. The project started in November 2009 and has functioned in 16 cities and towns throughout Armenia, and assisted 40 childcare institutions housing over 4,000 children. Staying true to its mission, the project supported and enhanced the functionality of both state and local government, community institutions and mechanisms to avert, identify and address child protection concerns within Armenian institutions, which also included special educational and care institutions and the Abovian juvenile penitentiary institution, as well as regular schools and kindergartens. Project activities covered measures, such as spreading awareness within various social groups, for instance children, their parents and teachers, in order to protect children from the possibility of violence. It also provided steps to build capacity among specialists working with children, informing them about their rights and legal protection measures at various levels. Additionally, as a result of the project and with the assistance of the EU, the national legal system of Armenia was formally adapted to suit local and international best practice.
Representatives from the “Save the Children” and “Open Society Foundation-Armenia” organisations, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Labour and Social issues, and the EU Delegation to Armeniaattended theproject’s closing event. The deputy minister of Labour and Social issues, Filaret Berikyan, welcoming the guests, spoke about the comprehensive achievements of the project, mentioning that: ‘The sphere of child protection in Armenia was not developed: there was no information, no ideas, no mechanisms;however, due to this project, we have made significant progress’. The head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, stressed the global role of the EU regarding the protection of children’s rights, stating: ‘The EU has supported and continues to support the actions against violations of children’s rights. Once again I want to confirm the commitment of the EU to continued assistance in this area’.

The Country Director of “Save the Children”, Irina Saghoyan, introduced the project, its achievements and results, and spoke about the innovative booklets and books on the development of proper parenting skills and legal knowledge for child protection. She stated that the results of their studies in this sphere had shown that 70 percent of Armenian parents used force and exerted physical and psychological pressure on their children. For that reason Saghoyan considered this project as a key to break ongoing Armenian stereotypes about relations between children and their parents, and to prevent possible violations.

The UCSF project is financed by the EU and 20 percent co-financed by the “Open Society Foundation-Armenia” organisation.

Protection of Children’s Rights in Armenia

On 31 October 2012, the “Unite for Children, Save Futures” (UCSF) project organised its closing event in Yerevan, during which it presented the results achieved after three years of implementation. The project started in November 2009 and has functioned in 16 cities and towns throughout Armenia, and assisted 40 childcare institutions housing over 4,000 children. Staying true to its mission, the project supported and enhanced the functionality of both state and local government, community institutions and mechanisms to avert, identify and address child protection concerns within Armenian institutions, which also included special educational and care institutions and the Abovian juvenile penitentiary institution, as well as regular schools and kindergartens. Project activities covered measures, such as spreading awareness within various social groups, for instance children, their parents and teachers, in order to protect children from the possibility of violence. It also provided steps to build capacity among specialists working with children, informing them about their rights and legal protection measures at various levels. Additionally, as a result of the project and with the assistance of the EU, the national legal system of Armenia was formally adapted to suit local and international best practice. Representatives from the “Save the Children” and “Open Society Foundation-Armenia” organisations, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Labour and Social issues, and the EU Delegation to Armeniaattended theproject’s closing event. The deputy minister of Labour and Social issues, Filaret Berikyan, welcoming the guests, spoke about the comprehensive achievements of the project, mentioning that: ‘The sphere of child protection in Armenia was not developed: there was no information, no ideas, no mechanisms;however, due to this project, we have made significant progress’. The head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, stressed the global role of the EU regarding the protection of children’s rights, stating: ‘The EU has supported and continues to support the actions against violations of children’s rights. Once again I want to confirm the commitment of the EU to continued assistance in this area’. The Country Director of “Save the Children”, Irina Saghoyan, introduced the project, its achievements and results, and spoke about the innovative booklets and books on the development of proper parenting skills and legal knowledge for child protection. She stated that the results of their studies in this sphere had shown that 70 percent of Armenian parents used force and exerted physical and psychological pressure on their children. For that reason Saghoyan considered this project as a key to break ongoing Armenian stereotypes about relations between children and their parents, and to prevent possible violations. The UCSF project is financed by the EU and 20 percent co-financed by the “Open Society Foundation-Armenia” organisation.