#KidsTakeOver our Instagram page
To celebrate the World Children's day, we let children manage our Instagram Page
To mark the World Children's Day, 20th of November, we decided to let kids manage our Instagram page. Over the days, they told us what they're thinking about, shared their concerns and how they envision a better future.
I am Giorgi Shengelia. I’m 13 years old, and I’m an 8th grade student at Newton Free School. Today, I am managing the UNICEF Instagram page.
A little bit about myself: I live in Tbilisi with my mother, my grandmother, and my brother. During the first half of the day, I am mainly engaged in classes. Afterwards, I play computer games and make animations. I got interested in animation several months ago when our Georgian teacher gave a group project assignment and I was tasked with animation. My teammates liked what I made, and I found the process enjoyable as well, so I decided to keep making animations, and later I will make sure to show you my work.
What would I do to make the world a better place for children?
First of all, I would reduce the amount of homework assignments. In my opinion, classes should be the place where most of the learning takes place, and children should have more time for relaxation and rest while at home. Furthermore, I would offer the choice of subjects to students above 7th grade, depending on the profession they would like to study. I would also create places in the city that would offer physical entertainment activities for children.
Additionally, I want to disseminate information about global warming. Many people do not believe that this threat is real. I also want to see reduced hunger, and for every person to have essential food and the items they need. I also want to make sure that people are not persecuted due to different views.
Hello, I am Natia Chelidze. I’m 16 years old, and I’m from Khulo. Today, I am managing the UNICEF Instagram page. I have taken over this role from my peer, Giorgi.
My hobby is volunteerism – I think this is the best activity. It’s valuable and allows people to exchange emotions in a natural and effortless manner.
Volunteerism is something that does not require great energy, just having enthusiasm is enough. We just have to do good deeds without expecting benefits in return.
My other hobbies are also painting, reading, and writing essays.
I have the following message for my peers: let’s do many acts of kindness and share our emotions with one another. One can change a person’s life with a mere word – let’s not spare warm words for one another. We are the generation that is capable of doing good deeds for our country.
What concerns me the most are the absence of educational-entertainment centers in my region. I think youth centers will enable us children to develop and improve our skills. It is crucial to have such spaces in every city, town, or region. Youth spaces will help us teenagers to receive non-formal education, which will help us to better realize ourselves in public life.
Before passing the baton and respectively, this page, to my peer, let me briefly tell you about my activities. Volunteerism is something that makes me happy, and I dedicate a significant part of my time to it since I cannot think of another activity that will make me equally happy and joyful.
During the pandemic, I realized that I should not sit around idly, and that I should use my time more productively. I discovered that I am not lazy at all like some had thought ^_^
The pandemic got me thinking, and I realized that I have to work for my goals. Even a small step forward is a great incentive – it brings me joy and experience. I think that kindness is contagious, and I want to bring this spark of joy into as many people’s lives as possible.
Hello, I am Givi, from Zugdidi. I am taking over the UNICEF Instagram page from my peer, Natia, and I am managing it today.
My morning starts very early; I get up when all of the members of my family are still asleep. I go to the workshop and start painting. I love colors and working. When I finish, I come back home. My sister and brother get up, our online classes start, and I am very happy to see my classmates. When the classes are over, my siblings and I play basketball, sometimes football, in the yard. Next, we go to our grandparents’ place where all the grandchildren get together.
I want to be able to paint very well. That’s why I study a lot. I want to know the biographies of many famous people – especially those of artists and writers.
My great wish is to see autism awareness increased, and to exist in an equitable environment.
I also want to learn many languages. Currently, I am learning English. Next, I will study Russian and French.
I want to become a famous artist and help children.
Hello, I am Mariam Petriashvili. I am 16 years old, and I’m from the Tserovani IDP (Internally Displaced Person) settlement. I am managing the UNICEF Instagram page today, taking over this role from my peer, Gigi.
I am in the 11th grade, and am also involved in various extracurricular activities, projects, and volunteer activities. I love meeting new people and communicating with people, and enjoy music, arts, and my puppy, Bobo ✨✨
In this video, I will show how I and my peers are spending a day in Tserovani.
I am from the Tserovani IDP settlement. There are about 2,000 kids living here. Cases of violations of child rights are rare here. While children’s education and development is important here, in my opinion, it requires more attention.
There are extracurricular activities, summer camps, and other projects in the settlement. Still, this is not sufficient given the number of youths, and the activities are not accessible to all of them.
Like everywhere, COVID-19 related restrictions have been imposed in Tserovani too. Even those entertainment possibilities that were available previously have come under restrictions, and now there are very few options for entertainment. I hope that everything will change for the better soon.
Hello, I am Tazo Jojua, and today I am managing the UNICEF Instagram page.
Now, I want to tell you about myself. I am 14 years old, and I live in Askana Village. Over the past years, I have been actively engaged in civic activism. First, the Union of Young Teachers gave me a great opportunity. It still provides me with significant non-formal education and helps me to share acquired knowledge with my peers as well. Later, I joined the volunteerism project through Helping Hands, to do more beneficial things for the public. Today, I will use this opportunity to try to tell the wider public about my own concerns and needs, as well as those of my peers.
Today, I also would like to tell you about my school briefly.
Hello, I am Nini, and today I will be managing the UNICEF Instagram page in conjunction with World Children’s Day.
I am 14 years old, from Tbilisi. I will try to make this day positive and inspirational for all UNICEF subscribers, especially for children. My favourite activity is communicating with people. I am sure we will have fun together today.
I want to deliver several messages to you, my peers: don’t be scared of challenges, face them with courage. We should not let our environment affect us negatively, and we have to turn things into positive situations. Before the next post, share with us in the comments section what your hobbies have been during the quarantine period.
In this post, I would like to tell you about a day in my life. Due to the epidemiological situation in the country, we decided to go to Kiketi, to our family summerhouse. The day starts with online classes, of course. It is quite tiring to sit by the computer for several hours. Although, in my opinion, physical activity is the best for relaxation. After classes I exercise, I go for a walk to the forest. I collect dog-rose and raspberries, and water my plants in the yard. In the evening, I spend time with my family members playing table games and playing musical instruments. The quarantine period has turned out to be a great opportunity for me to learn how to play the Moonlight Sonata on the piano. I also learned to play several new songs on the guitar. Furthermore, while staying at home, I discovered that I was very interested in psychology, although I did not have time for this before. So now I am also reading several psychology books.
The pandemic period has been stressful for me, like all children. Although, I think that we have to see the positive side and new opportunities, even during difficult times.
I will be happy to hear stories about your creative activities during the pandemic in the comments.
And lastly, I would like to sum up my day by speaking about an important topic. I see great force in myself and my friends, I believe you do, too. Yes, we can change and transform the world. And COVID-19 has turned into a fairly interesting challenge in our lives, and it really calls for transforming the traditional way of living. I think that this experience will help us to face challenges with much more ardour in the future. I envision a post-COVID-19 world entirely changed for the better, because I believe that we will go back to one another filled with more creativity and a thirst for life. And this, I think, requires establishing more non-formal education clubs to provide young people with more opportunities to be together, so that we can develop the world around us at the same time.
So, let’s not be intimidated by challenges and difficulties, let’s not be scared to try, and venture out. And of course, let’s face changes with open hearts.
Let me congratulate you, in advance, on the day of the most creative, strong, and free people in the world – Children’s Day!
Hello, subscribers of the UNICEF Instagram page. I am managing this page today.
My name is Saba, and I’m 17 years old. I live in Tbilisi and my hobby is photography.
This activity has developed my visual story-telling so much that I decided to become a film director.
My message, too, has been determined by photography. I learned how important it is to express one’s feelings and thoughts boundlessly at any time.
Today, I will tell you about street photography, which always has an interesting story. I started walking in the streets due to my love for photography. My closest friend, my camera, and I choose a place together. This is quite labor-intensive, but the desire to discover charges me with energy, and I discover a place and shoot photographs at the same time. When I am creating a shot, all my emotions are directed towards the camera. I love to take pictures of architecture, people’s routines in the street, and their style, and it has triggered my interest in documentary photography.
Due to the COVID-19 situation and quarantine, movement restrictions were imposed during this period, and I had to stay home. Being at home for so long was unexpected for me. My practical activities became restricted, but I started acquiring theoretical knowledge by watching documentaries about photography. During this process, I was taking notes on interesting points. I watched every film from the perspective of a director.
Hello, ☺️👋 I am Ana Mutidze. I am 15 years old, and I’m from Batumi. I study at Batumi N 2 Public school and am in the 10th grade ... 💕 My hobbies are dancing and photography… I play volleyball (amateur) 💙 I am overly positive and joyful 😂💫 I am a member of the Adjara Organization of Georgia Scouts Movement, and have been a scout for 9 years, currently as an assistant. ⚜️💜 I love spending time with animals, and I have a small cat named “Ebby” 🐱😊
Given the current reality, like everyone else, I have to study and communicate with friends online, which is the hardest thing for me 😕💓
Today, I manage this account, and I hope everything will work out fine. 😅❤️💙
Hello, today I will speak about child rights, and will briefly say what I have to say about this topic… In the 21st century when the level of development in any area is quite high, children’s rights are still violated… a majority of grown-ups still think that children are unable to think/judge properly, and they do not even care about our opinion, and, therefore, they often do not let us express our opinions… why don’t you want to listen to us, and why don’t you want to accept the fact that we can have our say too?
It is still not too late for each of you to change your attitude about this topic…
My opinion may be unacceptable for many, and I will not be surprised by this, but I think that if you pay attention to this matter, the world will become a better place for children. And you know why? We will know that we are listened to, being heard, and are paid attention to. Thank you.
Today is an important day for children and all those people, who love, and take care of them. On the 20th November 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child; Georgia joined this in 1994. From this day, Georgia has strengthened children’s rights and created safety guarantees for them.
Me and my sister, Niniko, are incredibly grateful to UNICEF for this great job.
I am very thankful for your invitation and the opportunity that was given to me to take a part in a concert with Nikoloz Rachveli and Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra in the name of supporting children.
I realize that UNICEF has saved a lot of children’s lives from hunger and death all over the world, as well as having saved them from physical and psychological violence. Many children would have died from hunger and live in poverty without UNICEF’s ongoing support.
Many Georgian children are aware of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF, which tries its best to help and support children’s rights globally.
Thank you very much.
Hello, I am Shorena Varshanidze. I am 13 years old, and I am hosting UNICEF’s Instagram today. As I have said, I am Shorena, but everyone calls me “Starling”, and it does not offend me at all since I know that a starling is a bird that sings beautifully.
Before telling you about myself, I want to wholeheartedly congratulate you on this World Children’s Day <3
And now about myself: I live in Keda Municipality, in the most beautiful village of Zundaga, and study at Makhuntseti Public School. I am an 8th grade student. I have parents, and both my mother and my father work in the same school where they are teachers. I also have two brothers – Shota and David – who both study at Batumi Maritime Academy. I love my family very much and I am proud of them. When I finish school, I will definitely continue studies at a university.
My hobby is reading, I read a lot and I make notes. When schools were closed due to COVID-19 and we continued classes remotely, all of us were very confused and scared, but then we found a solution. Our teachers try their best to help us get an education. Although, I think we would have much better results if all children had access to quality internet.
Let me recall one of the memorable days. It was when my classmates and I went to the beautiful Machakhela gorge, and visited the National Park and the museum where the first gun with a safety-catch is exhibited. We had lots of fun, and learned how to make tents. It was an unforgettable trip – fun and productive. I want to see this invisible virus defeated soon, and go back to the regular rhythm of life, where I would plan numerous activities with my peers.
When the world defeats this invisible enemy, and we get back to our regular way of life, children should be more involved in public activities. Many children’s projects should be launched as soon as the restrictions are lifted. When we go back to school, it is advisable to form many different clubs where we, children, will be able to express our opinions. I want the world to be a better place for children.