Children reading the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at one of the workshops
CETINJE, August 24, 2011 – Within the It’s About Ability campaign, 36 children with and without disabilities from Zabljak, Kolasin, Niksic, Podgorica and Cetinje have learned about their rights and responsibilities as democratic citizens during a five day summer camp in Cetinje organized by UNICEF and the Centre for Child Rights. This is the second summer camp that has been organized this year within the It’s About Ability campaign in order to empower children with and without disabilities to become youth advocates for inclusion.
Programme Specialist in UNICEF Montenegro, Ana Zec “It’s About Ability campaign was launched by Montenegro’s youth advocates for inclusion and continues to be driven by them. Through these summer camps and active involvement of youth with disabilities in the campaign, the campaign strives to make young people themselves champions of an inclusive and equitable society in Montenegro.”
Children and youth with disabilities are making their voices heard regularly through the It’s About Ability campaign. Montenegro’s children with disabilities are shown as active members of the society in this campaign – friends, students, musicians, athletes, dancers, movie-makers, school-parliamentarians, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters.
Director of the Centre for Child Rights, Cica Perovic “The Centre for Child Rights, with UNICEF’s support, has been working with school parliaments and children with and without disabilities from all over Montenegro. Through our workshops, children gain knowledge about their rights and responsibilities and improved communication skills to contribute to Montenegro’s development through civic participation.”
During a five day summer camp in Cetinje, children have not only learned about their rights and responsibilities, but they have also acquired new friends, visited places they have never been to before and learned about Montenegro’s history in Cetinje’s numerous museums, which have opened their doors to children and youth with disabilities.
Andrijana Jelic “For the first time, I visited the Palace of the last king of Montenegro, King Nikola, I really liked it, and I am glad that I can learn so much about the history of Montenegro” Anja Mijuskovic “We learned about the two conventions, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I have made many friends. I hope that we will we continue our friendship after the summer school.” Strahinja Martinovic “This is my first time to be at the summer school. I met lot of children with disabilities and they are genuine friends. I am glad that I met with them and I hope to see them after this summer school.”
Within the It’s About Ability campaign, the first summer camp for 25 children with and without disabilities from various parts of Montenegro was organised by UNICEF and the Centre for Child Rights in Cetinje in July. Now, another 36 children have had the opportunity to play, learn and enjoy sightseeing in the old royal capital of Montenegro, Cetinje.