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Slovenia on children’s rights at the seat of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

One of the priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe includes education on children's rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The implementation of children’s rights is ensured by the states parties and sustained by international organizations. Apart from the expert and general public, children themselves must be thoroughly acquainted with their rights, particularly the right to be protected from violence. Raising awareness of human rights among youth is also one of the main Council of Europe’s education objectives in its endeavours to raise active and responsible citizens.

During the Slovenian Chairmanship of the CoE Council of Ministers, the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Communication Office decided to organise an exhibition titled ‘Our Rights’. The exhibition is based on a campaign of the same name in which illustrations by the renowned Slovenian illustrator Matjaž Schmidt were used as teaching aid in an education project involving 66,000 children in sixteen countries, with the text being translated into seventeen languages. The ‘Our Rights’ education project will also be implemented during the Slovenian Chairmanship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Ossetia (Russian Federation).

Most of the modern and visitor-friendly ‘Our Rights’ exhibition conveys its message with an artistic interpretation of the main ideas of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child in clear and concise accompanying texts, in an effort to present children’s rights in the way they are perceived and experienced by those for whom they are intended – children themselves. The exhibition of illustrations on children’s rights has therefore been enhanced with a series of photos and a selection of children’s drawings made at a painting workshop on the theme of children’s rights held on 4 June at the Art Centre at Pionirski dom Youth Cultural Centre, Ljubljana. The workshop was attended by children taking courses at the Art Centre at Pionirski dom and pupils of the Tone Čufar Elementary School in Ljubljana. 

The exhibition will be officially opened at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg on Monday, 22 June at 13.00 by the Slovenian Foreign Minister, Samuel Žbogar, and will be on display until 16 July.