In June 2018 the Child Rights Centre began to gather attitudes and opinions of children in order to contribute to the process of drafting the National Action Plan for Children according to a specially designed methodology. The process involves children from five cities in Serbia: Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Užice and Niš.
Through specially designed workshops, children will be able to express their attitudes and opinions on possible ways of improving their lives in Serbia, quality of care and protection of children from all forms of violence and discrimination, improvement of children’s health care, potential opportunities that the National Action Plan for Children would create and which would further contribute to a better way of implementing children leisure time through cultural, educational and recreational activities.
Workshops in Kragujevac and Niš were organized on 19 and 20 October 2018, respectively. These workshops included participants from elementary and high school parliaments. The workshops also presented an opportunity to introduce children to the developed child friendly material “IT IS ABOUT YOU”, a booklet for children and youth to help them understand the recommendations given to Serbia by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child since one of the recommendations is related to the necessity of adoption of the new National Action Plan for Children since the previous one expired in 2015. The workshops in Novi Sad, Užice and Belgrade will be organized by the end of 2018.
The gathered attitudes and opinions will be delivered to the Child Rights Council of the Government of Serbia and to the working group established by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs to develop the new National Action Plan for Children.
All the above mentioned activities are supported in the context of the project “Child Rights in Policy and Practice” implemented by the Child Rights Centre in partnership with the Save the Children International, funded by the Government of Sweden.