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"My Rights" Project to Raise Awareness of Children's Rights

In the 2003/04 academic year the ombudsman, in collaboration with the School for Peace and other NGOs, began implementing the joint project ‘My Rights’ for the promotion of knowledge about children’s rights. The main aim of the project was to carry out activities in the area of education on children’s rights, which was based on the long-term and systematic coordination of governmental and non-governmental organisations in the area of knowing, implementing and respecting the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the school environment and in the broader social environment.

Within the framework of this project, a series of activities took place at primary schools, where one children’s right was dealt with every month. In addition to these programme activities, the School for Peace have been designed promotional material (a series of postcards each of which presents one children’s right) which helped children learn more about their rights with the help of visual cues and offered teachers methodical help for classwork.
 
To inform children, the organisers have compiled a kit consisting of a CD-ROM and flash cards, which were designed with participation of children. This material helped children learn more about their rights with the help of visual cues and offers teachers methodical help for classwork.

In the first year the project reached out to 87 primary and secondary schools, 50,000 students and their parents and 1200 teachers. The project was introduced also outside of Slovenia at the EIP International World Conference, at OSCE session and in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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