UNICEF and the University of Patras establish the 1st Child Rights Centre in Greece

The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding focusing on knowledge, research and data production as well as the integration of children's rights in academia.

25 October 2023
Ο Διπλωματικός Εκπρόσωπος της UNICEF στην Ελλάδα, Δρ. Γασάν Χαλίλ και ο Πρύτανης του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών, Καθηγητής Χρήστος Ι. Μπούρα υπογράφουν το Μνημόνιο Συνεργασίας.

PATRAS, OCTOBER 25, 2023 – The 1st academic "Child Rights Centre" was founded today in Patras by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of Patras, in the presence of the Rector of the University of Patras, Professor Christos I. Bouras, UNICEF’s Representative in Greece, Dr Ghassan Khalil and the General Secretary of Primary, Secondary Education and Special Education and Training of the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports, Mr. Ioannis Katsaros.

"UNICEF is happy and proud to inaugurate today the first Child Rights Centre in Greece. Academia has a great role in promoting and protecting children’s rights and we praise the pioneering role of the University of Patras in this regard" stated UNICEF Representative, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.

"We are very proud that the University of Patras is the first University in Greece to create the Center for the Rights of the Child, within the framework of the Partnership between the University of Patras and the UNICEF Office in Greece" said the Rector of the University of Patras, Mr. Bouras.

In a ceremony that took place at the University of Patras, the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding, sealing their joint commitment to defend and promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through the production of knowledge, research, data and documentation, the promotion of the rights of the child in the Academic Community and broadly in society, and through their integration as a horizontal dimension in the academic, teaching and research work.

Following the signing of the Memorandum, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF’s Representative and lecturer in International Law and Human Rights, will address the academic community, University students, teachers and educators, on the role of Academia in promoting the rights of the child, this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the presence of the Rector, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor B. Komi, and the President of the Department of Education and Preschool Education, Professor T. Karalis.

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