About the project
At the Public Call for Ad-hoc Action Projects in 2020 published by Community Foundation Slagalica on behalf of the consortium managing the Active Citizens Fund for Active Citizenship in Croatia within the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms, the Society “Our Children” Opatija applied for a project called “Activate the change in your community – National Eurochild Forum Croatia“.
For the development of civic competence, it is not enough for children to only know human rights, political concepts and processes, but it is necessary to enable them to practice democratic principles within school life and social community. With this project we want to provide education for children’s rights, democratic and digital citizenship to children members of NEF, Children’s City councilors and mentors through non-formal education.
The planned activities are Educational interactive online workshops “I’m shooting with knowledge”;
On line campaign “Children’s rights in the first place”; On line meetings with members of NEF and decision makers on the local, national and EU level (parliamentarians from Croatia).
The project has passed, we have provided part of the money needed for promotional activities, editing a website with information about NEF Croatia and part of the money needed to create online educational material, which we hope will benefit everyone and which can be used for children’s councils. Activities must be carried out from June to the end of August 2020.
Here’s what the implementation of the activity would look like:
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
By participating in project activities, beneficiaries will increase civic and digital competencies, we will sensitize children and adults to the need of involving children in decision-making processes from the local to the EU level. The project will contribute to the networking of NEF members and councilors of Children’s Councils from various parts of Croatia.
The project „Activate change in your community- National Eurochild Forum Croatia“ is supported with 4,455 Euros of financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norwegian grants.
What is the National Eurochild Forum Croatia (NEF Croatia)?
The National Eurochild Forum Croatia enables children and young people to exercise children’s rights: the right to express their views on all matters relating to them and the right to have their views respected by those who decide on issues related to children’s and young people’s lives on the local, national and European level.
It operates in several European countries: Estonia, Croatia , Malta, Romania and Ukraine.
The development of a culture of participation is a powerful form of practicing democracy for adults and children. Participation is a fundamental principle of human rights.
In December 2019, the constituent meeting of the National Eurochild Forum Croatia was held in Opatija.
The participants of the meeting reached conclusions in which the needs of children were expressed, which represent guidelines for the implementation of the participation project.
Participants state that children’s participation is the key to respecting children’s rights, that adults should be educated on how to communicate with children, meetings of children and adults where adults will raise awareness of children’s problems, partnership between adults and children, advocating for children’s participation to be a new impetus to European democracy, and how to derive digital citizenship to children.
UNICEF’s publication “Opinions and Attitudes of Children and Youth in Croatia” based on a survey of 1,000 children and young people from primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Croatia found that almost half of children and young people are not adequately aware of their rights.
In a sample of 503 children aged 8 to 9, it was found that children in the regions of Zagreb and its surroundings and Northern Croatia are best informed about children’s rights, while children in Istria and Primorje are less informed.
A survey by UNICEF and Eurochild, conducted in 2019 in more than 20 EU countries, “Europe kids want” shows that children and young people need to be empowered to be more involved in decision-making processes because they are considered to be leaders of changes, that they should continue to raise awareness and share good practices on the protection of children from various forms of violence, including violence in the digital environment, that Member States and the EU should continue to promote and protect the rights of all children “regardless of their origin or migration status” and how EU should ensure a healthy future for all children. Taking into account the fact that new generations of children are constantly arriving who need to know their rights and on that basis realize their social activities, education on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Children’s Participation and digital citizenship must be carried out continuously.