The Global Youth Platform U-Report now in Bulgaria
Young people and youth organizations are uniting around the importance of their voices to be heard
30 April 2020, Sofia – Today, at 6 pm, through a live broadcast on UNICEF Bulgaria’s website, will be presented the official start of the youth platform U-Report in our country. It is inspired by the needs and problems of young people, but also by the decisions that they offer themselves. The live broadcast will be led by teenagers who will explain what U-Report is, how it is used, who supports it and how it can help the voices of young people in Bulgaria to be heard.
What is U-Report
U-Report is a global youth platform supported by UNICEF, that first appeared in 2011 and is now available in nearly 70 countries. Today, it has more than 10 million young people from all over the world. Participation in U-Report is completely free, anonymous and voluntary!
In the current crisis with COVID-19, for example, U-Report has been one of the most effective tools for sharing timely, reliable and, in some cases, life-saving information to youngsters on how to protect themselves from the virus and how to help others.
In addition to answering some questionnaires, the users of U-Report are able to send useful materials, articles and explanations on the topics that excite them (such as deadlines for completion of secondary education, exam dates, university applications, among others.), as well as useful links to national and local services that can help them (for example, who to contact if they experience cyberbullying or need psychological support).
U-Report in Bulgaria
Other topics, which are popular among young people and will be discussed in Bulgaria, are education quality, access to health care, labour market for young people, mental health of teenagers, volunteering, environmental protection and other issues that young people are excited about.
The aim of the platform is to unite more young people aged between 14 and 29 years all over Bulgaria, in order for their voices to be heard and their views taken into account in the development of youth policies, youth campaigns or any initiatives from governmental, non-governmental or business organisations that directly affect them as a target group. One of the basic principles of U-Report is to not do anything for young people without young people and their motto is "My voice matters"!
The national organizations that support the creation of U-Report in Bulgaria are the National Youth Forum (NMF), the National Network for Children (NMD), the National Center for Safe Internet, Bulgarian Youth Red Cross (Red Cross), the United Nations Association in Bulgaria (DOEB), International Prize of the Duke of Edinburgh, Bilitis Foundation. U-Report is now supported by young volunteers called Youth Champions.
Learn more about U-Report on the platform website:
See the messages from the young people here:
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Ivaylo Spasov, Communication for Social Development Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria
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