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Building a Culture of Children’s Participation
The lack of mechanisms for hearing the children’s voice is the reason why their voice hasn’t been heard, as well as the reason why the children are not active participants in the making and creation of changes. The project Building culture for children’s participation is one important step forward to achievement of this aim.

The First Children’s Embassy in the World, Megjashi began with realization of the project “Building a Culture of Children’s Participation” financed by European Commission, as part of the program for European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – (EIDHR).

            With the activities foreseen with his project, the Children’s Embassy will give the children opportunity to participate in the creation of the social questions from different fields that regard the rights of the child.

During this project an Alternative Report for implementation of the Convention of Children’s Rights in Macedonia will be conducted, which is planned to be presented in front of the Committee for the rights of the child of the UN in Geneva, on the pre-session, in February 2010.

Duration of the project is 15months

The first basic training for the children on the subject:  Children’s rights and monitoring of the children’s rights, was held in the period from 06-th to 08-th March, 2009 in the hotel Car Samoil, Banjsko Bath, and the host of the the training is Go Center for maintained development Porta, from Strumica .

26 children are taking part in the training, from 9 to 18 years old, form the First Children’s Embassy in the World -Megjashi, Skopje, CGI-Prilep, Antico-Kichevo, Ljoja-Tetovo, Porta –Strumica, SPPMD_Kavadarci.

Trainers were Gordana Pirkovska Zmijanac and Dragi Zmijanac

Additional information for the project

Building a Culture for Children’s Participation

The Government of  Republic of Macedonia still hasn’t adopted the children participation as a regular politics in making decisions in the field of the children’s right. The lack of mechanisms for hearing the children’s voice is the reason why their voice hasn’t been heard, as well as the reason why the children are not active participants in the making and creation of changes.

            The project Building a Culture for Children’s Participation is one important step forward to achievement of this aim.

            For that purpose we made net of  7 Citizen’s Organizations, which made groups form 10-12 children, form 9-18 years, who will be involved in the process of research of the children’s rights in Macedonia.

The children will be trained to participate actively in the process of providing respect for children’s rights.

            In the net of the 7 Citizen’s Organizations are: the First Children’s Embassy in the World - Megjashi as supporter of the project; the humanitarian association Majka from Kumanovo; Center for Balkan collaboration Ljoja from Tetovo, Council for juvenile delinquency from Kavdarci; Geneva citizen’s initiative Antico from Kichevo; the Center for citizen’s initiative from Prilep and the Center for maintained development Porta from Strumica.

The realization of the project enhances more activities, some of which are: Founding of informal net of go for monitoring of children’s rights, and couple of training and workshops intended for children and Nongovernmental organizations.

            Reports form the shadow/Study for the situation of the children’s rights in Macedonia/Alternative Report. During November 2009, Macedonia should send the state report for the children’s right to UN, the Committee for Children’s Rights in Geneva. The citizen’s organizations should send the Report from the shadow, and it will be prepared as a part of this project. What is new, is that the report will comprise report prepared by the children and the same will be presented to the Committee for Children’s Rights. The children will manage the research and analysis by themselves, while the adults shall facilitate the process. For the preparation of this report the mentors and coaches will previously collaborate with Go and the children about the methodology, indicators and tools for work.

            First Conference in Macedonia on the subject: children’s participation. The conference will be prepared by and for the children-with participation of 100 children. The final document of the Conference shall be proliferated to the media, government, ministries and other relevant institutions in the country.

            The media and the public shall be continually informed about all important aspects and events of this project. Their contribution to the implementation of the children’s right and children’s participation will be welcomed.

Training for civic organizations Children's rights and monitoring of children's rights in MK
When: Friday, 03 April 2009 to Sunday, 05 April 2009

Where: Kavadarci, Macedonia

Host: Hotel Feni

Contact: Tatjana Janevska

More info: http://www.childrensembassy.org.mk

Aim of the training for representatives of civic organizations is to:

raise awareness of the participant’s on children's rights;
raise awareness of various types of violence upon children;
encourage constructive actions to prevent violence upon children;
familiarize the participants with mechanisms for monitoring of children's rights, getting to know the methodology and indicators for monitoring;
reactivate National coalition of nongovernmental organizations of the Republic Macedonia on child rights, networking, cooperation and communication;
contribute to change of legal regulations and policy regarding children's rights;
encourage joined engagement in the process of protection and advancing children's rights;
Initiate strong networking with governmental organizations to act together in the process of realizing children's rights and democracy in general.
Training is a part of activities within the project "Building the Culture of Children's Participation", implemented by The First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi and financed by European Commission via EIDHR program.