CHILDREN SAID

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

The first gathering of young advisors of the Ombudsman for Children has passed in a friendly and working atmosphere. Young people, immediately on arrival at Borje, made contact full of understanding, willingness to exchange views, openness and trust.

Saturday has past in a working atmosphere and young people have actively participated in all discussions and workshops. The work day began with a presentation of the Ombudsman for Children, Nada Grahovac who represented to the young people the jurisdiction and powers of the Institution and with the practices from the experience the Ombudsman explained to children the meaning of participation and its role in the development of a young person and exercise of its rights. The young people, by questions and by stating the experiences that they had in school, family and society, have proved to be very interested in this topic and that their right to participation is often violated by adults.

The work continued with workshops on project design, code of conduct in schools, rights that children have in school, that were of interactive character so that young people had the opportunity to present their experiences, give examples from their environment and acquire new skills that will be used in the future work of young advisors.

The workshop on the code of conduct in schools was attended by Senka Buha, senior advisor for secondary education from the Ministry of Education and Culture of RS. Children have, very seriously and with lot of arguments, discussed the codes and house rules at school and the common opinion of the young people is that the codes are needed, but both, students and professors should abide them.

Dejan and Bogdan, the young advisors, have had particularly creative and challenging to youth workshops, who trained their friends how to hold workshops and by practical exercises have included all of them to show their rights by acting.

Sunday was a day to summarize the results and to bring a working plan for the current year and to award the diplomas. Young have agreed that each will hold one workshop in their school that will include young advisors who did not attend the first meeting. It was agreed that it will be worked on the development of the brochure on the rights in school and to work together on the code of conduct for schools.

For the young people this gathering was an experience that was viewed as an opportunity to better get to know each other, to exchange experiences and gain new knowledge and skills that they will, as young advisors, spread in their environments. For the Institution of Ombudsman for Children this gathering was especially important because in direct contact with children we could get information about their problems, ideas, methods and suggestions on how to promote and protect children's rights.