UNICEF announces an international conference on child rights in Batumi, Georgia
The second international conference on child rights will be organized in Batumi, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Adjara, and Batumi State University.
Batumi, Georgia, 27 May 2021 – The international conference dedicated to the incorporation of child rights into university education programmes and curricula will be held in the first week of October in Batumi. The announcement was made today in Batumi by the organizers of the conference – UNICEF Georgia, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport of Adjara Autonomous Republic.
The two-day conference will bring together professors, students, government officials, local and international child rights experts, diplomats, and international and civil society organizations in Georgia to discuss child rights education at universities.
This will be the second international conference of its kind, following the first conference at Kutaisi State University in October 2020, which provided a space to share experiences encompassing teaching and learning about child rights, and aimed to empower future specialists to act towards putting child rights into practice in daily lives at home, at school, and in communities.
UNICEF, in partnership with the Norwegian government, has already supported the establishment of the Child Rights Centre at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. The Centre will serve as a resource hub and raise awareness on child rights among different specialists, civil society organizations, academia, parents, and children.
"We hope the Conference and the establishment of the Child Rights Centre at the University will contribute to strengthening the culture of child rights in Georgia." - Ghassan Khalil
“We are delighted that after the October international conference in Kutaisi, the second International Conference will take place at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, which is one of the first universities in Georgia to incorporate child rights into their programmes and curricula,” said UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil. “We hope the Conference and the establishment of the Child Rights Centre at the University will contribute to strengthening the culture of child rights in Georgia. UNICEF will continue partnering with Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University and other universities to promote child rights education in Georgia,” Khalil added.
The conference will provide a possibility for discussions and presentations by national and international specialists and experts, as well as students. The call for papers to participate was also announced today. The conference will enable different universities in Georgia to share their initiatives aimed at incorporating child rights into university programmes for the education of future Child Rights advocates in the fields of education, law, business, and other important disciplines.
Incorporation of child rights into higher education programmes and curricula will raise awareness in child rights among students. It will stimulate interest, increase motivation, and provide inspiration for all future professionals to work for and with children when choosing their careers as social workers, lawyers, judges, teachers, and other related professions. This will lay the foundation for the specialization of all professionals working with children required by the Code on the Rights of the Child of Georgia, which entered into force on 1 September 2020.
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/georgia/