International Day for Protection of Children is observed in many countries as Children’s Day. The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. International Children’s Day is the day of mobilization of social opinion for child protection, observance of rights of children for life, education and leisure, for protection from physical and psychological violence, exploitation of child labor, as necessary conditions for construction of fair society.
How do we translate this “protection of children” into cities’ cooperation? The European Network Cities for Children was initiated by the City of Stuttgart with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2007. The Network offers European cities the possibility to exchange and to develop progressive concepts across national borders on how to promote the well-being of children, young persons and parents in the urban environment. This network also organises every year an European Award of Excellence “City for Children”, honouring the successful implementation of outstanding projects aimed at children and young people in different policy areas in all European cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. As mentioned by the organisation, winning projects should be: Innovative – Sustainable – Realisable – Participative – Transferable.
Some CAAC ideas for applying:
From CAAC we advise our members presenting applications to EU projects or Awards. In this sense, we may suggest some dimensions of urban-children policy to be taken into account:
- – Ownership: The project should directly take into account children’s opinions, avoiding tokenism
- – Place-making: The place of the project in the overall strategy of the City… is it the core
- – Localisation: The initiative is located in the most vulnerable part of the city? Near to schools? –
- – Other: stick to the topic!, international links, inter-age actions, social innovation, etc…