What is Me-Ombudsman
“I - the Ombudsman” is a competition organized by the Public Defender’s Office for pupils aged 13-18.
The Ombudsman is a person who acts as an intermediary between the citizen and the state, a citizens’ representative, and a defender of human rights. In some countries (e.g. Georgia, Spain, etc.), the Ombudsman is called the Public Defender. The Public Defender’s Office is a constitutional institution which exercises supervision over the protection of human rights and freedoms on the territory of a country, reveals their violations, contributes to restoration of violated rights. The word “ombudsman” is an old Norwegian term and derives from the word “umbuðsmann”, which means “representative”.
For many years, international organizations were setting international standards to assist nations in educating people on the basic rights and obligations that affect their lives. Despite the many efforts committed by the international community, violation of human rights remains a global problem. Together with other mechanisms, a developed culture of the protection of human rights is one of the major preconditions for the existence of a full-fledged democratic state. The event organized by our office is an integral part of the development of this culture. In order to achieve the general goal, it is, first of all, necessary to raise awareness in the field of human rights, which will be followed by the establishment of the rule of law and a more effective exercise of human rights in the country.
In order to take part in the competition, pupils need to have motivation, analytical skills, and access to a computer connected with the Internet.
In the years 2010-2011, the Public Defender’s Office held the competition in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and with the financial support of the project of the European Union “Supporting the Public Defender’s Office”.
The winning teams were awarded with solid prizes.
In 2012, the competition will again be held in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and with the financial support of the project of the European Union “Supporting the Public Defender’s Office”. Like in 2010 and 2011, the winning teams will be awarded with personal computers and other prizes.
In order to get detailed information on how to take part in the competition, please consult the Game Rules.