President of European Parliament appeal for more opportunities for young people in Albania
During a bright sunny morning at Tirana main’s square, President of European Parliament and UNICEF Representative abandoned formality and sat down with a group of successful young people and shared a “business coffee” to understand more what young people are doing to help developing concrete solutions to solve some of the social issues in their communities in Albania.
Alesia,22, and Mario, 18 shared their experience on how U- Reports are helping them and other young people to express their views on the issues that matters to them. Up to now, there are 12,000 young people benefiting from the U Report platform but more efforts are needed to amplify the voice of those who are excluded.
Dea and Jonada ,16, the D3coders, the winners of the global Technovations competition, explained to President Sassoli how they are using technology for social change through their application GjejZa(Find your Voice).
Lorena, Fiona and Markeljon,14, explained their work as peer educators, to help increase awareness about unsafe behavior online, and how and where to report cases of violence or abuse.
Joined also by the Mayor of Tirana, Erjon Veliaj, the President of EU, David Sassoli said: “ I learned about young people’s initiatives supported by UNICEF who set their hopes in the EU. These young people deserve to have the same chances in life as their fellow Europeans who live one flight hour away. When we talk about enlargement, we talk about their future. And Europe needs these young people: your passion for freedom and democracy, your enthusiasm, your skills and your participation to shape the future of the European Union”.
In his remarks, Roberto De Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Albania mentioned that: ‘The actions that we will be taking together with EU to advocate for girls, boys, and adolescents, will help to identify how we can use the technology to engage, educate, and empower young people and increase demand for dialogue so they have access to their rights”.
UNICEF in Albania and EU Delegation work together to support every child in Albania to enjoy their rights, including the voice of young people in decision-making process by increasing the demand for dialogue for the most pressing issues that adolescents and young people face in areas such as education, employability, disability, gender, migration, human trafficking, and protection.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.