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Pupils publicly expressed their opinion during the debate about Children's Rights for Education with Ombudsman for Children under the President of Ukraine

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Yuri Pavlenko answering pupils' questions

May 25, Kyiv. - Today at the school number 129 in Kyiv pupils had a discussion on the rights of children, with Yuri Pavlenko, Ombudsman for Children under the President of Ukraine. UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo also participated in the debates called "Is the right for education for children protected in Ukraine?”

Debates symbolically took place on the last school day, on the eve of celebration of Children’s Day. For the first time, ordinary children had the opportunity to speak publicly. During the debate, children expressed their opinion on the quality of and access to extracurricular and higher education.

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Schoolgirl talking to the participants of the debates

Opening the debate, Ms. Mokuo highlighted that every child has the right to express their opinion and be heard, and thanked Mr. Pavlenko, for his agreement to participate in an open dialogue with children.

Photo-report can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unicefua/

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a world leader on protection of child rights and best interests of a child. UNICEF is working on the ground in 190 countries to protect and support children from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Ukraine in 1997. For more information: www.unicef.org.ua

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