Voice It: Youth forum reveals what children and young people think about life in Bulgaria
“Voice It: youthful opinion that matters” is a yearly forum, organized for the third consecutive year by the National Network for Children in partnership with the Youth Network “Megaphone” and with the support of UNICEF Bulgaria. Emphasising the importance of children’s participation the forum asked “What do children and young people think about life in Bulgaria?”
The event gathered children, young people, professionals and organisations, giving them the opportunity to talk about children’s rights, discuss important issues for young people, understand interesting causes and meet new people.
Children and young people took part in an open discussion on ten topics that were previously selected after an online consultation with young people. The discussions resulted in many key messages that will be sent to the relevant institutions responsible for children’s well-being.
The guests of the forum were representatives of the institutions and civic organizations. Among the official guests were Rositsa Dimitrova, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, the Ombudsman Maya Manolova and members of her team, Eva Zhecheva, Director of Children’s Rights Directorate, Nurten Patraklu, Chief Expert in the same Directorate, UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria – Maria Jesus Conde, World Health Organization Representative for Bulgaria prof. Mihail Okoliyski, and many others.
“Children’s rights are being violated every day, and the responsibility for this is ours and also the institutions are responsible for this” Mrs. Manolova said. “We have an unfinished cause – it is high time for the amendment of the Children’s Justice Act to enter the Parliament and it could be discussed in such an environment so that children can express their own opinion on the law”, Manolova explained.