Children in Moldova express themselves about the future they want
By Irina Lipcanu
CHISINAU, 21 November 2012 - On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, on 19-20 November in Chisinau, capital of Moldova, a National Children's Forum was organized.
During the forum more than 70 children had working sessions and met with
representatives of the Government, Parliament and UNICEF. A special session of
the Forum was devoted to national consultations on Post-2015 agenda - a
platform for public consultations launched by the UN globally to collect
citizens' opinions and determine development priorities after 2015, when the
Millennium Development Goals ‘agenda will
During the forum more than 70 children had working sessions and met with representatives of the Government, Parliament and UNICEF. A special session of the Forum was devoted to national consultations on Post-2015 agenda - a platform for public consultations launched by the UN globally to collect citizens' opinions and determine development priorities after 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals ‘agenda will be finished.
In an open and interactive format, moderated by two experts specialized in working with children, participants tried for an hour to reflect on their expectations of the future. The participants – mostly vulnerable children: children from poor families, children who have graduated the orphanages, Roma, children with disabilities – provided creative and valuable responses. Most of them want a secure future in their own country to enjoy quality education, friendly health services and a society free of prejudice and discrimination. "We are faced every day with a lot of problems, and here we have the opportunity to report the situation from our point of view. Not many times we are asked about how we want to see our future, "said one participant in the session. She believes that one of the major problems of her town is to adapt the infrastructure to the needs of children with disabilities. "If all institutions will provide access, then children who have certain health problems will be able to integrate into society," the young girl said.
“We want our parents back home. We want to grow up in a real family, not virtual one, through Skype”, stated a group of children. “Parents drain” is a huge phenomenon that affects 1/3 of the children’s population of Moldova – their parents are gone abroad for years earning money and sending them back to cover basic needs, like food, school and medicines.
Another 15 years old girl from Orhei (town located 50 km away from the capital Chisinau) said that she feels the need for cultural centers, where she could spend her free time usefully. She also said that we need to develop more voluntary programs and create green spaces. The girl noted it was wonderful to participate in all the activities of the Forum expressing her thoughts and feeling her importance.
The event was attended by a few young and active participants who initiated engaging on line discussions about the future they, their family and friends want after 2015.
The National Children's Forum 2012 was organized by the Center for Information and Documentation on Child Rights, National Council for Child Protection and UNICEF Moldova. The session dedicated to national consultations with children on Post-2015 agenda was organized by UNICEF under a common UN Agencies initiative.What will Moldova look like in 10 years? Children’s views on the future they want:
During the consultation session the young people were asked to develop a list of development priorities and the future that they want for Moldova in the next 10 years. Here's what they wrote:
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