Principality supports children’s rights

Photo: Direction de la Communication Monaco
Photo: Direction de la Communication Monaco

The Principality takes part every year, under the High Patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II, in the International Day of the Rights of the Child.

Prince Rainier III, 20 years ago, entrusted the Directorate of National Education, Youth and Sports with the organisation of the day celebrating the anniversary of the International Convention, ratified on November 20, 1989, by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Directorate of National Education, Youth and Sports, with the help of heads of schools and teachers, coordinates an awareness-raising campaign in the schools during the months of October and November on the Rights of the Child.

The highlight of November 21 will be the conference (open to the public) given by Renate Winter, International Judge and Vice-President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, at 19:00 (free admission) at the Lycée Technique Hôtelier focusing on child soldiers and child labour.

At the end of the conference, the donations collected by the pupils will be handed over this year to Mission Enfance, which is helping children in distress around the world with the main objective being education, to “Casa do Menor” in aid to the young people of the favelas of Brazil, notably by encouraging their professional integration and by “Akilah Institute for Women” which works in East Africa for the emancipation of young girls by offering them access to education.

This year, on November 24 and 25, a presentation on their important work will be made to pupils of CM1 by the presidents of the humanitarian associations based in Monaco.

The public will be able to obtain raffle tickets on the DENJS information stand on Place du Marché de la Condamine on Thursday, November 17, between 09:00 and 19:00 and in front of the Lycée Technique Hôtelier (LTHM) 21 and 22 November(1st prize: a cruise for two in a luxury cabin in the Mediterranean generously offered by Silversea Cruises).

Support will also be given to the Consul of Monaco of Madagascar to ensure the schooling of 45 Malagasy students.