Agreement for minors

Minors in foreign countries

Objectives

The specific and general objectives of the session are the following:

- to increase awareness about politics for minors

- to increase the respect of children rights

 

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes on the target groups are the following:

- to stimulate feelings of justice and equality

- to strengthen understanding that among “migrants” there are also children in special need of assistance

 

Target group

All groups/society

Adults

Number of participants: 8-20 people

 

Complexity

(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 3

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario - 3

The relative overall cost predicted - 3

 

Duration

2 hours (a 15 minutes break is foreseen)

Space

Room with capacity for 20 people, seating arrangement, tables

Resources

Flipchart, white paper, pens, computers and projector

Preparation

The facilitator should know or read about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, mentioned in introduction. He/she can find more information in the link proposed as inspiration.

In order to show an example of total disrespect of children rights, a BBC video with English subtitle related to the “Jungle” in Calais is proposed to screen. Of course, countless other videos could be showed, better if well known in the country in which the activity is proposed and in mother tongue.

 

Conduction

Introduction

Children have been recognised as being in particular need of care and assistance, and for that reason they have their "own" human rights treaty – the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The CRC was adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and entered into force on 2 September 1990. The CRC applies to all children under the age of 18 in those countries that have accepted it – and nearly every country in the world has done so. Only the United States of America and Somalia have failed to ratify the Convention.

The CRC does not offer children any more rights than other human beings, but it does recognise that additional guarantees may be necessary in order to make sure that children are able to access the human rights which are possessed by everyone: civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

 

Activities

Stage 1: Debate and video projection (15 min)

After having done the introduction, the following questions could be asked:

- In your opinion is the Convention on the Rights of the Child respected all over the world? Why? Why not?

- If you could report to the Committee of the Convention on the Rights of the Child about the situation in your city and in your country which will be your statements?

- Which are in your opinion the children rights generally less respected?

 

After the discussion the facilitator proposes to watch a BBC video with EN subtitles about unaccompanied child migrants http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37607774.

Stage 2: Let’s create our Convention! (60 min)

The facilitator gives the example of Finland, where a virtual Children's Parliament has been constructed online. It provides representatives with a place, independent of time and location, to interact and further their activities.

The Board and Committees of the Children's Parliament meet weekly online in chat rooms, and discuss issues and prepare for future plenary sessions.

The members of the Children's Parliament discuss issues online in their own discussion forums, respond to surveys submitted by decision makers, and hold a two-week online plenary session. The Board and all of the children also meet in person.

After this information, the facilitator asks participants to imagine being a Parliament member. The first act is the promotion of a new Convention on the Rights of the Child in which at least 10 laws in defence of children rights will be included.

Depending on the number of participants facilitator divides people in smaller group, consisting of 3-4 members. Each group creates their own Convention, writing down the statements in the flipchart paper.

 

Stage 3: Presentation of all proposals (30 min)

When the work is done, facilitator asked each group to present their Convention and  explain the reasons of their choice.

 

Debriefing

After all presentations, a final debate will follow: (15 min)

- During your “parliamentary” activity, have you mostly thought to foreign children rights or to native children?

- Do you think it should be necessary to have different laws for native children and foreign ones?

- In general, do you think that children/young people will act differently (better) in a Parliament instead of adults?

- In writing your laws, have you thought that sometimes could be other young people who disrespect children’s rights, for example with bullying episode?

- In your daily life, do you respect the laws you proposed?

 

Support tools

Presence lists, evaluation forms (if required)

Inspiration

https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/childrenonthemove/

The Educational agreement for Foreign Minors in Sicily proposed by EURO Association (Italy) and the Centre of Juvenile Justice in Sicily.

http://www.coe.int/en/web/compass

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx

 

Ideas for action

 

 

ANNEXES

 

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