Conference - “It is a child’s right to be heard”07 06 2012
On June 7, 2012, the Public Defender of Georgia and the Center for Children and Women’s Rights at the Public Defender’s Office, in partnership with Save the Children and with the support of Oxfam and the UN Children’s Fund (UNIFEC), held a conference – “It is a child’s right to be heard” – which was dedicated to the International Children’s Day.
The conference aimed at increasing children’s involvement in the making of decisions that concern their rights and at getting the state agencies to ensure children’s participation and take their opinions into account when they plan and implement children’s programs.
Students of public schools of different regions of Georgia and members of the Children’s Council of Advisers at the Public Defender’s Office took part in the conference.
The students talked about such issues as the activity of students’ self-governing bodies in schools, the ways of equalizing opportunities, environment protection and ecology, tailoring health care to children, and children’s participation in the decision-making process.
The participants of the conference were greeted by the Public Defender of Georgia, George Tugushi; the First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Elizabeth Rouloffs; the Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Rusudan Kervalishvili; the Deputy Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Irakli Giorgobiani; the Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Giorgi Chakhnashvili; the Deputy Minister of Environment Protection, Davit Ioseliani; and the Representative of the UN Children’s Fund to Georgia, Ronald Monash.
The conference was also attended by representatives of international and local non-governmental organizations active in the area of the protection of children’s rights, directors of public schools, teachers, and heads of state agencies.
The conference “It is a child’s right to be heard” has already been held for the third time this year.