For many years, children and adolescents in Moldova have not been actively involved in shaping programmes, services, or decision making on matters affecting their lives. The majority of child participation initiatives came from civil society and international organizations, but rarely or inconsistently from national or local authorities.
Various legislative acts and initiatives promoting children and youth participation have been developed over the years, such as local children’s councils, children’s newspapers and radio stations, and groups of peer educators.
UNICEF sees participation as a fundamental human right. It is also one of the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through active participation, children and young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development and the development of their communities. This will help them to learn essential life skills, build knowledge on human rights and citizenship, and promote positive civic action.