Youth participation in the pilot project "European Child Guarantee" in Bulgaria

See what the young people from Burgas, Sliven and Stara Zagora found on the topics they have researched in the field of healthcare

Младежи, момичета и момчета, в коридора на училище. Всички са усмихнати
UNICEF Bulgaria/2013/Pirozzi
14 January 2022
EU Child Guarantee
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

Three teams of young researchers, 15 girls and boys from Burgas, Sliven and Stara Zagora, dozens of interviews on topics in the field of healthcare that those young people consider as important for the local communities. UNICEF in partnership with the National Network for Children engaged adolescents from the three districts, who became part of the children's participation in the pilot project "European Child Guarantee" in Bulgaria. The next topic that young people will research next is in the field of education.

Meeting of the UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria and the pilot municipalities on the occasion of the European Guarantee for the Child
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021/Yotova

Their views were shared during the event "The European Child Guarantee - a reality for children in Bulgaria: The Voice of Youth", organized by UNICEF, the Embassy of Slovenia and the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria on October 21, held under the auspices of Mr. Galab Donev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Policy. The forum gave to the young people the opportunity to share their views on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on the European Child Guarantee with government representatives.

What the young researchers have found so far, you can see and hear in the following video:

UNICEF Bulgaria/2022

Child participation

With support from the National Network for Children, children and young people from the three districts where the “European Child Guarantee” is being piloted in Bulgaria - Burgas, Sliven and Stara Zagora - are engaged in the implementation of the pilot project. They conduct their own research on the main topics of the Child Guarantee - access to quality healthcare, education, childcare, decent housing and adequate nutrition, which will be presented and discussed at national and local level. In addition, national consultations are being held with young people through the implementation of the UNICEF U-Report on topics related to poverty and social exclusion among children. The aim is to amplify the voices and take into consideration the views and opinions of children and young people in the development and implementation of concrete measures and programmes so that they are tailored to the specific needs of different groups of vulnerable children and be more effective.

This project is funded by the European Union

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