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On 1 June 2016, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the “Voices for Children” open air event organised in Lovers’ Park in Yerevan alongside Armenian state authorities, EU member state ambassadors, and the US Ambassador to Armenia.
Save the Children Armenia had organised the event to mark International Children’s Day. The occasion was also used to launch two new EU-funded projects: “Community-based Services for Children with Disabilities” and “Social Innovations for Vocational Education and Employability of Young People with Disabilities”.
ARS_5991During the opening ceremony of the event, Ambassador Świtalski was asked to make a wish for Armenian children: ‘My wish is very simple, dear children. I wish you lasting peace and love; I wish you to be aware of your rights. These are not small rights of small people, these are real rights. Enjoy your holiday!’
ARS_5979The Armenian Minister of Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan, congratulated all the children present as well as those across the country: ‘Today we celebrate the most important festivity in the world; the brightest, most glorious, happiest day. Congratulations! I am so proud that, back in 1996, I was the one who put forward special legislation about the Rights of the Child in Armenia’.
After the brief formal opening ceremony, all the children and other guests were invited to enjoy a range of educational activities, discussions, mini-fora and performances by the Cross of Armenian Unity NGO. Volunteers from Save the Children informed guests about children’s rights through a special “child-to-child” methodology.
The event also featured an exhibition, which presented new and ongoing initiatives of Save the Children and its partners. Moreover, there was the launch of the aforementioned two new projects, several presentations, and interactive performances. The Media Initiative Centre, “Unison” NGO, “Paros” Chamber Choir and the “Miqayel Voskanyan and friends” band joined Save the Children and provided a pleasant and unique atmosphere throughout the event.