10
October

Published: Wednesday, 10.10.2012

Children’s Week in SOS Children's Villages

From October 1 to October 7, we celebrated Children’s Week, featuring diverse activities for and with children, programs that celebrated children’s creativity, events that showed the appreciation of the local community for children and so much more, because children are worth any effort.

SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci organized a “scooter festival”, which attracted numerous children. The Ladimirevci amphitheatre quickly turned into a speedway filled with scooters, bikes, roller skates and other transportation devices favored by children.

We also organized a visit to the Office of the Ombudswoman for Children. Children were welcomed by the Ombudswoman’s advisors – Ms. Sanja Vladović and Mr. Darko Laksar, who gave them a brief presentation on the children’s rights and the role of the Ombudswoman for Children. Later that day, we held a session of the Children’s Parliament. Thirty five children had the chance to talk to their new president Natalis (14). Zdenka (13) acted as the recording clerk. The members of committee explained to the children how they can participate in the pursuit of their rights. We also discussed issues of discipline and agreed on the activities to be undertaken in the following year.


Mr. Leon Žulj, the Mayor of Valpovo, received children from the eighth grade in his office. First he explained the importance of listening to children’s opinions and later he expanded on the mayoral office’s plans to develop better programs for children and youth. Children introduced themselves to the mayor and asked him many questions, which he was happy to answer. The discussion that followed was very interesting. The director of Children's Village, Zoran Relić, stressed the importance of integrating SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci into the local community, and said that building a bike track between Ladimirevci and Valpovo would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Mayor acknowledged the value of this suggestion and promised to take it under consideration.


Mila Jelavić, the Ombudswoman for Children, addressed this message to children: “Don’t keep quiet about your problems! Ask the nearest grown ups for help, because you have the right to protection. Ask for information! Children have the right to ask for answers to questions that matter to them, and grown ups are obliged to answer. Learn to state your views clearly and fight for the protection of your and other people’s rights!”
 

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