The Child Rights Ambassadors at the Hintalovon Child Rights Foundation are high school volunteers who work to make children aware of their rights and adults to take children’s views more into account.
As advisors, the Child Rights Ambassadors help the goals and projects of the Foundation. They also stand up for the rights and opinions of children at professional events and in the media, also, they help the appearance of children's perspectives in domestic and international professional programs. They also have their own projects.
During the academic year 2019/2020:
- In January 2020, we welcomed 10 new members in our team. The Ambassadors participate in joint team meetings every two weeks, in addition to working in project groups with the Foundation's staff.
- They are active on their Instagram site and other online interfaces of the Foundation (e.g. Yelon)
- They also help to better understand the situation of children by responding to current events. They are also working on online materials that can alleviate the difficulties caused by the coronavirus.
- With the help of the Ambassadors, a research on online activities, digital education, parental rules, information and online security is being commissioned by Telekom. During the preparation of the questionnaire, the questions were formed on the basis of their opinion. They are also involved in the promotion and dissemination of research.
- From March 1, 2020, Gyerekaneten.hu, the page of the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) for parents, was launched, in the preparation of which our Child Rights Ambassadors also participate. The content is examined through the eyes of children, as information about children’s lives is best known to the children themselves.
- They help to prepare child-friendly materials for the ChiLLS program.
- They are working on the INCLUDE project to find out what children think about what makes them feel safe and how adults feel about being cared for and respected, even in vulnerable situations.
- With their participation, Hungary's first report to the United Nations, exclusively presenting the views of children, was prepared, on which the Ambassadors worked for more than a year. The results were also represented in Geneva before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, at the EMMI (Ministry of Human Capacities), in professional forums, in the press and on Instagram.
- As consultants, they were involved in drafting a child-friendly version of the Lanzarote Convention.
- As speakers, they participate in the foundation's online security trainings and programs.
- They continue to work on their Instagram site to show the everyday importance of children’s rights to their peers.
During the academic year 2018/2019:
- The team expanded with new members in August 2018 and then met weekly to prepare to represent children’s rights.
- The focus of the season was on reporting under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Ambassadors worked to ensure that, in addition to the views of the government and civilians, the opinion of the children was heard by the professional committee, and that Hungary's first report to the United Nations based on children's participation was prepared. "How do you see it?" As a result of the campaign, nearly 5,300 children gave their opinions, in the design, implementation and representation of which they played an active role throughout.
- In August 2018, they launched their own Instagram page, where they represent children’s rights, provide information on their achievements in the program and share their views on topics that affect children’s everyday lives. They would like to show that children's rights are not abstract legislation and do not only affect those who commit something illegal. The Ambassadors seek to hear the opinions of other children and represent them on their side.
- In the fall of 2018, in the context of debate theater sessions, the issue of child abuse was discussed with various high school classes.
- In October 2018, five Ambassadors attended the Eurochild International Conference on Child Participation.
- In May 2019, two of them traveled to Antwerp for a two-day workshop on the CHILLS project on child-friendly justice.
During the academic year 2017/2018:
- Every two weeks, they participated in 20 trainings and meetings on children's rights, for a total of 70 hours,
- they participated in 4 professional roundtable discussions,
- 2 school sessions on children's rights were held,
- they had a total of 10 media appearances, talked about children’s rights on TV and radio,
- a report was submitted to the Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe on what they thought about sexing and the role of the school (the Committee for the Implementation of the Lanzarote Convention works to protect children from sexual violence and exploitation),
- participated in the preparation of the first children's rights 1x1 for organizers of the first political campaigns and politicians before the 2018 parliamentary elections,
- an infographic for children on the 2017 Report on the Rights of the Child,
- participated in the preparation of information materials for the online game and application called Storylab on the rights of children in contact with the authorities,
- and two of the Ambassadors wrote articles for Yelon.hu.
The work of the Child Rights Ambassadors is supported by three mentors, Zsuzsanna Kun, Gábor Csaba Márton and Lilla Palotay, led by Barbara Németh.