Non-governmental organisation “DOMUS- Centre for family” based in Pilsen, the Czech Republic, is running a project called “The Voices of Children – And What Shall We Do about It?” between January 1 2015 and March 31 2016 with the aim to spread awareness about the rights of children among the public. The project is supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA Grants ). It will focus on the rights of children such as a commitment to act in the best interests of the child, the right not to be separated from its parents except from emergencies threatening their safety and welfare, the right to keep a contact with its biological parents when removed from the family, to be raised up in a family, the right to information, the right to be heard in decision-making processes and disputes directly affecting its life, the right to be protected , the right to privacy, the right to a proper education, i.e. the Articles 2, 3, 9, 16, 20 and 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Children. The emphasis will therefore be on those rights that are seen by the social workers of DOMUS often neglected.
The question is to what extent we respect the rights of children and put them into practice in the Czech Republic. What we often see is this:
- The public has some understanding of the rights of children, but they are often misinterpreted.
- The public is worried that they might threaten their authority.
- There is a certain grudge against this topic among the public caused by lack of information.
- The children are seen as objects and passive receivers of the rights.
The project will organise a media campaign with the social networks aiming at the public to provide them with more information and improve the understanding. The aim is to portray the rights of children as something which does not put the children and the adults against each other, but on the contrary as something which will enable them to see their advantages, instead of generating uncertainty.
The media campaign will employ eight short animated films, which will be created with the help and insight of children under guidance of professionals. The children will express how they feel when their rights are abused or neglected. The films will be accompanied with commentaries by psychologists, educators etc. The films will be compiled into a DVD and distributed as a resource material for teachers in the schools in the Czech Republic. The films will be also seen on YouTube, film festivals and presented at many cultural events.
The information campaign will also run in the schools. Our team will present ten model lessons which will be shot and placed at the project website to provide examples for teachers how to work with the DVD. The campaign will be supported by two workshops for professionals working with children and in child care.
For more information please contact Ivana Micinova or see the project website www.hlasydeti.cz
Telephone: 777 539 339
In Pilsen January 20, 2015