Your Voice Counts! - Child and adolescent participation

UNICEF Serbia
© UNICEF Serbia/Zoran Jovanovic Maccak
Children from LPA municipalities celebrate good results, Belgrade, Kalemegdan Park

Belgrade, 13 December 2008 – An exhibition and a roundtable under the slogan „Your Voice Counts!“ was held today in the Pedagogical Museum in Belgrade. Children and adolescents from the towns of Becej, Pirot, Kragujevac, Prokuplje and Novi Pazar presented the results of their work which has contributed to positive changes in their environments and lives.

This event was organised within the Local Plans for Action for Children (LPAs) programme which UNICEF is supporting in 21 cities and municipalities in Serbia  (Sjenica, Pirot, Kragujevac, Senta, Kanjiza, Becej, Valjevo, Kraljevo, Ljubovija, Osecina, Priboj, Prijepolje, Nova Varos, Novi Pazar, Krusevac, Prokuplje, Vranje, Bela Palanka, Lebane, Bojnik and Vladicin Han).

The Local Plans of Action for Children are part of Serbia’s development policies and municipal plans and strategies for the creation of an optimal environment for children, in line with Convention of the Rights of the Child, A World Fit for Children document and Serbia’s National Plan of Action for Children.  Through the development of LPAs, the municipalities identify essential, and often subtle, needs of children and families and undertake necessary measures in order to create conditions for the realisation of child rights, especially for the most vulnerable children who are denied the access to their rights.

The right of children and youth to participate in decision making processes is a fundamental human right. In 2008, UNICEF has been supporting activities that empower children to participate, make decisions, cooperate with adults and implement activities that they believe are most important for the improvement of the quality of their lives in their own municipalities.

In each of the five pilot municipalities, Teams of Children and Youth have been formed and they actively participate in the implementation of the LPAs. Through a variety of activities, they have drawn the public attention to themselves, their needs and problems. They have managed to animate their local communities, establish cooperation with the local authorities, organise a number of activities and show that they are responsible for what they do.

UNICEF will continue next year to support similar activities by children and adolescents in other municipalities in Serbia.

For more information, please contact
Jadranka Milanovic, Communication Officer
Tel: 3602-100; e-mail: jmilanovic@unicef.org

 

 

 

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