Recruitment started for the renewal of the Romanian Children's Board
UNICEF-supported group of children and adolescents is looking for new members between the ages of 12 and 17 from all over the country and from all backgrounds
Bucharest, 31 January 2022. The Romanian Children's Board - an active group of children and adolescents from all over the country, of different ages and from different ethnicities, both living with their families and included in the child protection system – renews itself at the beginning of this year. The new members, who will be elected following a recruitment process carried out by the children themselves, will replace the adolescents who have reached the age of 18.
Children and young people who want to be part of the Board are invited to register by filling in the online form accessible at https://unicefromania.typeform.com/recrutare2022 until February 13, 2022.
After the registration closes, all applications will be evaluated by the current members of the Board, who will choose, at the end of an objective selection process, a number of 15 new colleagues.
The Children's Board was set up in 2019, in the context of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union, when the Romanian Government and UNICEF collaborated to promote at European level, as a priority, the right of children to participate in decisions concerning them. In workshops, online and offline, the children of the Romanian Children's Board drafted in the first months of 2019 the preliminary version of the "Bucharest Declaration of Children in the European Union", an urgent appeal to the European Union and its member states to ensure that children's participation becomes a priority and a reality.
"I became a member of the Children's Board two years ago. Before, I was a very shy child and I was afraid to discuss topics with people I had never met before, who make decisions locally or even nationally. But the Board helped me a lot to face my fears and I had the opportunity to represent the young people and the community they belong to in important events, to work with young people from Romania and other countries and, last but not least, to become more mature”, said Andrada, 16.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children's Board has become a strong voice in support of children across the country affected by school closures, disruption of essential services and increasing poverty and social exclusion of those in vulnerable situations. The children participated in the events and debates organized by UNICEF and its partners, expressed their views and contributed substantially to the development of the new Strategy on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Child for 2021-2027.
"The project that contributed the most to my personal evolution and that has made me open my eyes to the reality in which we live is the elaboration of the National Strategy on the protection and promotion of children's rights. Here I had the opportunity to point out the problems that I consider the most important in my community, such as the lack of an efficient sanitation system and the lack of safety in public places", said Rafaela, 14 years old, member of the Board.
For his part, Rareș, 13, who joined the Board at the end of 2019, said: “The Children's Board taught me to develop my public speaking skills, taught me to manage my shyness and manage my time better”.
Registrations will take place on the page https://unicefromania.typeform.com/recrutare2022 between January 31 and February 13, 2022, and the new members will be announced in early March.
Find out more about the Children's Board and the projects this group is running by accessing https://www.unicef.org/romania/boardul-copiilor-2021.
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