Voice It: Opinion that matters’ 200 young people gather in Sofia

The event was organised by Eurochild's member National Network for Children, Bulgaria in partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria.

On 20 November we celebrate the anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of the child. On this occasion, National Network for Children, Bulgaria in partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria organised for a second year the youth forum VOICE IT: Opinion that matters.

The event was held in the National Palace of culture and gathered more than 200 young people from all over the country, who discussed the rights of the children and their active participation in social life. The forum was co-organized together with the youth network ‘Megaphone’, which consists of young people in the age between 14 and 18 years old. 

The aim of the youth event was to create a platform for social inclusion and to explain how the right of opinion and participation looks like in practice and reality. The forum is a practical instrument for social inclusion and an exercise for social change and a space for sharing experiences amongst young people. 

The program began with a ‘TEDx’-style presentation from two young members of YN Megaphone who spoke about children’s rights, the link between the right of opinion and the right of participation and the Youth network itself. Throughout the entire day there was an exhibition of 13 member organisations of the NNC who shared their practices in the field of child participation. They were an active part of the Mission VOICE IT which challenged all participants to visit the stands, take part in the workshops 1 and 2(Child participation in school and judicial system), the workshop 3 and 4 (“Seekers of inequality”) and to leave their message on the Wall of thoughts.

The young people had the chance to take part in two public discussions on the subjects of Young leaders in the information generation and Children and the Media. Different opinion leaders from different sectors took part in the discussion and discussed hot topics with the young people.