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Belarus: Novopolotsk officially named a Child Friendly City

MINSK, 10 June 2013 – The Belarusian city of Novopolotsk was today officially recognized as a Child Friendly City. In Belarus it is the first city out of 21 that joined the Global UNICEF Initiative “Child Friendly Cities”.

The decision to award Novopolotsk with CFC title was taken at the meeting of the CFCI Coordination Board chaired by Mr. Victor V. Yakzhik, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus.


Yuri Oksamitniy, the UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Belarus, presents the Chair of the Novopolotsk Executive Committee with the Child Friend City award - UNICEF Belarus / 2013 

An official ceremony of awarding Novopolotsk with an honourable title of a Child Friendly City took place on 7 June 2013 within the framework of festivities on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the city.

“Novopolotsk is a young city, celebrating the 55th anniversary, – noted Yuri Oksamitniy, UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Belarus. – The average age of the Novopoltskers is 38. The municipality was the first among other Belarusian cities that joined the CFCI initiative to undergo assessment and get its Child Friendliness Index. Its index is already quite high – 8.3 – and the city is to aspire to the maximum 10 points. 

The CF Index is indicative of actual achievements in implementation of CRC articles: protection of child rights, creation of conditions for the fullest development of young citizens and their participation in development and realization of municipal programmes to improve situation of children and youth”.



In Belarus the CFCI monitoring and evaluation system was developed to define the Child Friendliness Index of the city. It consists of 37 indicators covering 7 areas of child wellbeing: 
  1. Children’s participation in public life and decision-making
  2. Living environment
  3. Children’s safety in the city
  4. Health care and health life style
  5. Education and development
  6. Leisure and culture
  7. Assistance in difficult situations
Each indicator has objective and subjective component. Objective data sources include statistical reports documented by departments of executive committees. Subjective data are collected by means of interviewing children (6-12/13-17 years old) and parents of children aged 0-12 years. The CF Index scales varies from 0 to 10 points where 0 stands for extremely unfavorable conditions while 10 – for most advantageous environment.

Experts of the NGO “ACT” have been developing the CFCI monitoring and evaluation system during 2 years. At present they are training local specialists to implement it. The assessment is conducted in three stages. The first stage is to conduct interviews among children and parents and to process appropriate statistical data. Then the report on the situation of children in the city is to be drafted and presented. 

And finally, development/amendments of municipal action plans on ensuring favorable living conditions for children. Assessment is planned to be conducted every 2-3 years to track progress or regress and provide basis for further actions.

 

 

 

 

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