|Visit of the children from schools in Skopje to their First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi Each year, the first week of October is dedicated to children under the motto Children’s Week. Children's Embassy Megjashi, as an organization whose main mission are the rights and protection of children, again this year organized activities to mark Children's Week (October 5th-11th, 2009). |
In the period from October 5th until 11th, 2009, Children's Embassy Megjashi was visited by students from several primary schools in Skopje: "Blaze Koneski”, "Koco Racin", "Ljuben Lape", "Mirce Acev", “11 October", "Gjorce Petrov", "Kuzman Josifovski Pitu", "Dimitar Miladinov and children from the kindergarten "Korchagin”. During the visit, they participated in workshops on children’s rights.
The workshops organized were not classical school lectures. Our idea is that children themselves actively engage in discussions about their rights, obligations, needs and desires. They, helped by the volunteers, encourage their own thinking regarding their rights, the responsibilities they have, what are needs and what are desires.
The role of the volunteers is to allow each child time and space for reflection, which intends to motivate them to express their opinion in different ways. We want to reach children in a more creative way and to encourage them to more often thing about their rights in a different and more self-initiating way.
One of the methods of work is by using pictures, where the children themselves explain the picture and realize the right they have, the desire, need or obligation, motivated by what they see on the picture.
During these workshops, besides discussing their rights, children also received general information about the Children's Embassy, the free SOS telephone 0800 1 2222 and the Convention on Children’s Rights.
After each workshop, the children visited the office of the SOS telephone. The idea to visit the SOS telephone is that children get a better visualization of how the telephone that they might use looks like. By doing this, we want children to feel that any child can call this telephone, whenever they simply have a need to talk to somebody, not just when some of his/her children's rights is violated.
Volunteers: Biljana Zlateva and Nade Misoska