Universal Children's Day - CRC30

about 70 boys and girls tested their logic and critical thinking in the national final of the intellectual games

20 November 2019
CRC 30 IQ Games
UNICEF/Moldova/2019
  • ​​​​​​The winners of this year's National Intellectual Games tournament has become the Atom team from Nicolae Gogol high school in Chisinau.
  • The Erudiţii team from Ungheni and the No Name team from Chisinau took second and third places respectively.

Chisinau, November 20, 2019. In which sport discipline the youngest winner of the Olympic Games is considered, unofficially, a 10-year-old boy, who was included in the last moment in the Netherlands team? On which logo of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is the sign of infinity? What invented the person whose inspiration was a baby crib? These are some of the questions of today's intellectual games tournament, organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"Intellectual games do not only mean knowledge but to an even greater extent the ability to apply them in practice, to seek and find solutions, applying logic, critical thinking and imagination. It is a new, simple and effective way to cultivate leadership qualities for those who will live in the world of tomorrow,” says Evghenii Poliacov, president of the Association of Intellectual Games in Moldova.

"Like adults, who have the right to an opinion and freedom of expression, you - children and young people - have intelligent solutions and innovative ideas, and we certainly should not look at you as just the future. You live here and now, ” said Desiree Jongsma, UNICEF Country Representative in Moldova. "There are many examples of teenagers who have done things unimaginable for most adults. During today's game, you will come across these examples of boys and girls who have changed the world. And we hope that one day some of you will do similar things! ”

Several prominent Moldovan personalities in the field of music, arts, sports, businessmen, politicians have joined the children's teams and will try to find answers to questions about children's rights and sustainable development goals together. These include conductor Adriano Marian, former deputy prime minister Alexandru Muravschi, founder of Simpals company Dmitrii Volosin, street artist Dmitry Potapov, journalist Elena Pahomova, press secretary of the pro-tour team Astana Vitalie Abramov, producer Artur Suhih, priest Vitalie Sincari, and the deputies Dumitru Alaiba and Dinu Plângău.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on November 20, 1989, by the General Assembly of the United Nations and is the most ratified treaty in history, by 195 states of the world. The Republic of Moldova acceded to the convention in 1993, after its ratification by the Parliament.

After the competition, the participants visited the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and participated in a discussion with the deputy Dinu Plângău, born one year after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Parliament.

"I am the youngest member of the current legislature," said parliamentarian Dinu Plângău.“I am certainly pleased that today's children and young people have the opportunity to get involved and participate in the life of the community and the country. You are the future, but you are also the present generation, which can bring change, especially if you will hold elective functions."

Universal Children's Day is globally marked by UNICEF every year on November 20, which is a chance to promote, raise awareness and raise funds for the most pressing issues facing children around the world.

The UNIQ-2019 Intellectual Games Tournament was organized by UNICEF in partnership with the Intellectual Games Association and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. The regional preliminary games started on October 17th, intended for students of the 9th - 12th grades from the Romanian and Russian educational institutions in the cities of Comrat, Chisinau, Ungheni, and Balti. Today, on the day of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the winning regional teams participated in the national final game.

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