Slovenia celebrates 30th anniversary of its Children’s Parliament
At the end of September, Eurochild member Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth (SAFY) organised a symposium on the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Parliaments programme.
The Children’s Parliaments programme started in 1990 and since then it has been running continuously, giving its opinions and recommendations on key issues affecting children in the country. Their sessions have been attended by dignitaries such as UN Special Representative on Violence against Children, the Slovenian Prime Minister and many others. The programme aims to educate children about democracy and active citizenship. Around 3000 students from more than 200 primary schools from all over Slovenia participate in the programme each year. To implement this valuable programme, SAFY closely cooperates with regional coordinators and mentors of the programme.
The purpose of the event was to acknowledge their efforts and provide further training in the field of children’s participation. Participants engaged with SAFY’s White Paper on the implementation of children's right to participate and learnt about the plans for the second half of 2021, when Slovenia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. SAFY envisions this presidency to be an opportunity to highlight children's rights with an emphasis on their right to participate. Participants also shared their opinions and proposals on the “future” of Children's Parliaments and discussed the implementation of the program in covid-19 situation.
Attendees also celebrated the dedicated work of mentors and regional coordinators in the past 30 years: they were awarded with recognitions for their decades of work with children within the Children’s Parliament programme.