UN Representatives attend the World's Largest Lesson with children

World's Largest Lesson was organised in Montenegro on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Tina Dimić Raičević
UN Resident Coordinator, Fiona McCluney in the classroom with students from Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin Elementary School during the World's Largest lesson
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

08 October 2019

PODGORICA, 4 OCTOBER – On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, students from Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin Elementary School attended the “World's Largest Lesson” together with the UN Resident Coordinator, Fiona McCluney, the UNICEF Representative to Montenegro, Osama Khogali, and the Deputy Minister of Education, Arijana Nikolić Vučinić. This event is organized around the world to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people.

McCluney told the students that the Sustainable Development Goals represent the basis of the largest development plan in history, called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is an ambitious plan adopted by the leaders of the 193 UN member states, which envisages building a better and fairer world in which every child will go to school, in which hunger and poverty will be eradicated, in which men and women will enjoy equal opportunities, in which global warming will not present a danger to our future, and in which resources will be used wisely.

UN Resident Coordinator, Fiona McCluney attending WLL at Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin Elementary School
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

When the 2030 Agenda expires, you will be 21-year-olds. It is a plan for your future, and precisely for this reason, it concerns you more than anyone else. That is why we are here today – to learn more about this plan so that you can take an active role in its realization. The world must hear and take your voice seriously.

Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator

The UNICEF Representative to Montenegro, Osama Khogali, said that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, whose 30th anniversary is being celebrated this year, children have the right to say what they think about the things that matter to them.

Osama Khogali, with students from Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin Elementary School attended the “World's Largest Lesson”
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

Childhood has drastically changed compared to 30 years ago. Therefore, it is important to listen to the children who are going through this experience now, so that we can support them in the best possible manner.

Osama Khogali, UNICEF Representative to Montenegro

The Deputy Minister of Education, Arijana Nikolić Vučinić, said that through this initiative, the Ministry of Education wanted to raise awareness of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals among students and teachers.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Arijana Nikolić Vučinić
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

This interactive lesson that the elementary school pupils had with the UN representatives is very important to them, because they were given a broader picture of how much is being done globally to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 – in order to leave the world to our children in a better state than we inherited it.

Arijana Nikolić Vučinić, Deputy Minister of Education

Students from Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin Elementary School believe that poverty remains one of the biggest problems that children in Montenegro face today.

Elma Drinis, a student
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

A lot of my peers spend their time begging on the streets instead of going to school. This should not be the case, because they, like us, should be going to school and educating themselves. There are also children who do not have healthcare, which is something that also worries me.

Elma Drinis, a student

Elma's school friend Pavle Čović says that children and adults can only respond to these issues through joint action.

Pavle Čović , a student
UNICEF Montenegro / Krsto Vulović / 2019

If adults themselves cannot solve these problems, I think they should ask us for an opinion. I believe they could hear some useful suggestions on how we can address these challenges together

Pavle Čović , a student

The World’s Largest Lesson takes place once a year with the aim of educating children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals and of inspiring them to take action that will contribute to their achievement.