“School for Children’s Rights” was held in Odesa region

20/11/2018 15:42

20 November 2018 marks the 29th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On this occasion, on November 19-20, the representatives of the Division for Monitoring the Rights of the Child and Family of the Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights conducted two-days training in the Ukrainian Children's Center "Young Guard” in Odessa.

The children were informed about the history of the institution of the Ombudsman and were familiarized with the powers and activities of the Ombudsman.

Also, the children were told that in 1950 the UN General Assembly suggested all states to celebrate December, 10 as Human Rights Day, because on that day in 1948, the same organization adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration.

Participants of the "School for Children’s Rights" in the form of a game performed practical exercises to consolidate the knowledge gained from human rights training. The children worked in groups and had the opportunity to discuss and express their thoughts about what the rights of the child meant to them and how to exercise their rights in life.

At the end of the training children had the opportunity to convey their wishes, suggestions and questions to the Ombudsman.

In reference to participation in the “School for Children’s Rights”, each participant received a copy of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The School for Children’s Rights was founded in 2013 and is held twice a year for the children staying in the Center.

One of the main objectives of the School is to raise awareness among the children of the main provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, inform on the importance and value of each right. In addition, the event is aimed at raising children's awareness of the mechanisms protecting their rights.