Child participation is at the heart of the mission of the Foundation. We believe that no decision should be made on or about children without involving them in that decision. Expressing their opinion and participation in matters affecting them is one of the rights of the children. The Foundation involves children in all phases of its activities, from the inception of an idea to the realization of it.
“It is vital to treat us as fair as adults are treated. It is important for children to be aware of their rights, since this is the only way they can recognise mistreatment.”
What is the Programme about?
The goal of the Programme is to advocate for the children's rights to be heard in Hungary and to ensure their participation in the activities of the Foundation. We work with ten child rights ambassadors, aged 14-18, to raise awareness of children's rights and strengthen the bonds of trust between children and adults. Our child-friendly materials are designed to empower children by giving information about their rights and matters affecting them, while our publications for adults provide professional support about child participation and respect for their rights.
Why it is important?
The voice of children can hardly be heard in Hungary. Whether it is driven by good intentions, concern, authoritarian traditions or power struggles, the mere possibility of children having a distinct opinion, a right to say no or to have a voice in decisions affecting them is commonly surrounded by misunderstanding or disagreement. We should think about children only with their involvement. Our efforts for their well-being and healthy development are to succeed only if their point of view is also taken into account. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to be heard in all matters affecting them. Adults, on the other hand, are required to provide them with sufficient information and the opportunity to form and express their views individually or collectively. An untapped potential lies in the involvement of children: it enhances their self-confidence, responsibility and helps develop democratic values.
Who are we?
The Child Rights Ambassador Programme is a project of the Hintalovon Child Rights Foundation. The work of the Foundation and the Child Rights Ambassador Programme are supported by experts who have been working with children for many years and have been successfully applying the child rights approach. Currently, we are working together with a team of 10 children aged 14-18, on a weekly basis. In addition to the continuous child rights training, they also actively take part in the programmes of the Foundation, develop creative children's rights contents, represent children’s rights on public forums, and participate in domestic and international child rights monitoring procedures.
Results of the Programme
Yelon, the Foundation's sex education website and mobile application has been developed with the involvement of children from the very beginning. The Child Rights Ambassadors have spoken up on various media as well as professional forums about the situation of children and their experiences of attention paid by adults. A poster and booklet on children's rights have been designed for children, while a child-friendly version of the foundation's annual report on children's rights has also been published. Prior to the general elections in 2018, the first children's rights 101 for politicians and organisers of political campaigns was released.