A delegation of 10 children from across Europe will engage with experts and officials in Sofia, Bulgaria at the launch of the CoE Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2021.
Eurochild has, together with expert facilitators and the support of our National Partner Network in Bulgaria, National Network for Children, selected and prepared 10 children from across Europe to participate in the High-Level conference on 5-6 April. Aged 14 – 17 years, the children come from Estonia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Cyprus, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Mia from Estonia, has been involved in the piloting process of the Council of Europe child participation assessment tool. Lily and Jane from Ireland have been involved in the development of the Irish national strategy on child participation. Fahima from the Netherlands has been involved in a youth taskforce on child abuse.
Nick from the Netherlands has been active in the Dutch LGBT movement and was the initiator of Pink Friday at secondary schools. Elena is a member of the Cypriot children’s parliament. Zgjim from Kosovo has been at Children as Actors for Transforming Societies Conference (CATS) in 2015 and was a rapporteur for CATS at the European Parliament last year (pictured).
Nermina has been active with SOS Children’s Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Plamen comes from one of the smallest towns in Bulgaria and he is chairman of the youth club in Municipal school board in Bolyarovo. He is also an active member of our youth network Megaphone. Yoana, also from Bulgaria, is the Vice Chairman of the Board of children in the State agency for Child protection.
The children and young people will present their work and experiences at the workshops at the conference and report back to the plenaries at the end of each day.
The Strategy on the Rights of the Child will define the work of the Council of Europe and its 47 member states to advance children’s rights during the period 2016-2021.