CHILDREN SAID

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

Jovana, 16 year old

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

Jelena, 9 years old

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

Milan, 6 years old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

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

Marina, 15 year old

Traditional manifestation„ Children`s Week „ this year was celebrated from October 7th to October 13th. The goal of manifestation is to encourage organization of various cultural, educational, recreational and other events dedicated to children and to take other measures that will promote development of social awareness of the need to provide care for children.

2013 "Children`s Week" went under common slogan:
"CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND INSTITUTIONS"

Each week of the year is the Children's week; this is just an additional opportunity for adults to acknowledge and accept that:

- Rights of a child represent only needs that every child has on its way to growing up, - Children have the rights only because they are children,

- We do not give rights to children by the merits, nor do we take them away because children are not good,

- All the rights are equally important and they can not be ranked in order of importance and significance,

- It is not possible to provide a right for a child by replacing it with another right,

- The best interests of the child is the condition for the realization all of rights of a child,

- The rights of the children do not mean that children can do whatever they want, but also

- The rights of the children mean that adults have an obligation and responsibility to provide care for them.

It is responsibility of the adults to ensure the realization and protection of the rights of the children because that is the only way children will be prepared for world of adults and for an independent life within such world.

The condition for realization and protection of children's rights are institutions of which we expect extra sensitivity, expertise and professionalism, because if they do not recognize the problem timely, if they ignore the fact that there is a problem, if they expect someone else to solve a problem or that problem solves by itself, implementation of children's rights is further compromised. Institutions need to know that even when they do not react it is still a reaction and it show their attitude towards children and towards protection of their rights.

Convention on the Rights of the Child states our obligation towards children but we all carry in us an obligation to provide care for each and every child. Children rights are permanent and ongoing obligation and responsibility of every adult.

Ombudsman for Children
LLM Nada Grahovac

During the Children`s Week, the Institution has planned activities on territory of entire Republic:

October 7th - Monday

  • Banja Luka at 13:30 am - Joint activity with the Children`s Home "Rada Vranješević", educational workshop for children, "My right to education".

  October 8th - Tuesday

  •   Čelinac, at 10:00 am - Socializing with children from kindergartens "Lepa Radić", Gradiška and "Neven " Čelinac
  •  Prijedor, Lamovita at 11:30 am - Workshop "Your Rights in Your School" in Elementary School "Jovan Dučić"

October 9th - Wednesday

  • Trebinje at 12:00 - Workshop „Your Rights in Your School" in Elementary School „Vasilije Ostroški"

  • Banja Luka at 12:00 am - Central Children's Week Manifestation „Children's Rights and Institutions" at the Administrative Center of the Republic of Srpska

  • Doboj at 11:00 am - "Peer violence" - presentation of the research results by Network of Young Advisor in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children

  • Zvornik at 16:30 pm - Workshop "Rights and Responsibilities on the Internet"for Student Council in Elementary School "Sveti Sava"

October 10th - Thursday

  • Zvornik at 11:00 am - Workshop „Your Rights in Your School„ in Elementary School „Sveti Sava"

  • Zvornik at 11:30 am - Workshop „How to Protect Yourself on the Internet"in Elementary School „Sveti Sava"

October 11th - Friday

  • Foča at 13:00 pm - „Peer violence" - presentation of research results by Network of Young Advisors in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children

  • Banja Luka at 13:00 pm - „Peer violence" - presentation of research results by Network of Young Advisors in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children