The University of Crete and UNICEF establish a Child Rights Center in Heraklion for the promotion of Child Rights in local communities

The Centre will be dedicated to research, data collection, enhancement of knowledge and the documentation and promotion of children's rights in Crete.

27 May 2024
The Rector, Professor Kontakis and UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.
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L-R: The Rector, Professor Kontakis and UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.

ATHENS/HERAKLION, 27 MAY 2024A Memorandum of Understanding establishing the first "Child Rights Centre" in Crete was signed between UNICEF and the University of Crete in the presence of the Rector, Professor Georgios Kontakis, and UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, at the University premises in Heraklion, on May 23, followed by a public lecture on Child Rights by the UNICEF Representative. 

The Centre will be dedicated to research, data collection, enhancement of knowledge and the documentation and promotion of children's rights in Crete. 

Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Greece, said about the signing: “We are extremely happy and proud to inaugurate the Child Rights Center in the University of Crete, which will act as a hub for the entire island and will focus on the promotion of children’s rights in the local communities. We are very optimistic about this collaboration and excited about the joint initiatives which lie ahead.”

The Rector, Professor Kontakis, stated: “With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with UNICEF, the University of Crete aims to establish a Centre for Children's Rights. This Centre will focus on knowledge production, research, data collection and documentation on children's rights. In addition, it will contribute to informing and raising awareness among the academic community and the wider society through workshops, conferences and events. This collaboration highlights the commitment of the University of Crete and UNICEF to the protection and promotion of children's rights, as well as their important contribution to educational and social policy for children.”

The Memorandum of Understanding, through the establishment of the Child Rights Center, postulates that the latter will promote children's rights both inside the academic community and in the society at large, through a series of actions such as workshops, conferences, public events and awareness-raising campaigns, and by prioritizing the integration of children's rights in academic, teaching and research work.

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