“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center’s Children's Rights Ambassadors from the American International School in Cyprus met with the Mayor of Strovolos, Mr Andreas Papacharalambous to propose a campaign "Strovolos for Children's Rights". The campaign was successfully received and we are very excited about this collaboration between the Strovolos Municipality and our Organization.
The young ambassadors presented to the Mayor their proposal for cooperation which includes targeted awareness raising actions for all the citizens of the municipality of Strovolos.
The actions included a campaign to promote the European Children’s Helpline 116111, publishing the booklet titled “passport to my rights” to be distributed to all Strovolos schools to better educate the children on their rights and responsibilities, organizing workshops for the public including teachers, parents or other professionals on topics such as preventing bullying, cyber safety and protecting children from sexual abuse.
It was also proposed that a Children’s Rights Policy is drafted and implemented into the Municipal policies and procedures.
Mr. Papacharalambous embraced all the above suggestions and ensured the young ambassadors and the representatives of Hope For Children present that himself and his team will collaborate with the organization in order to intensify the actions on the protection of children’s rights within the municipality. The implementation of the above actions and many more will open the way for the Municipality in becoming the first city in Cyprus to be accredited as Child Friendly City.
Through this initiative Hope For Children wishes to stress that local authorities must recognise the importance of children and young people’s participation. Regardless of their age, children and young people should be fully recognised as valid citizens who can contribute to improving the quality of their towns and cities. Their contribution should be promoted, listened to and taken into account.