Meet the 2022 Eurochild Children’s Council members
The new Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC) has begun its two-year mandate at the Eurochild General Assembly
A group of children supported by Eurochild members from various countries across Europe make up this important council, which plays an advisory role on the organisation’s advocacy priorities, governance decisions and events.
They recently met in Brussels with previous ECC members, who will continue working Eurochild as mentors to help the new members settle into their roles. Both were able to have a meeting with Marie-Cécile Rouillon, the European Commission Coordinator on Children’s Rights, and learnt about the work of Eurochild.
Here’s what Liam from Scotland wrote in a blog about his first trip to Brussels: “I’m excited to see what work we do in the future and what changes we can make to society. […] I hope to do whatever I can to add new policies to help as many people as possible, and to make a difference for children and young people around Europe.”.
Eurochild asked ECC members to tell us what their motivation was to apply to be part of the new council:
Anna from Greece – To participate in child rights projects with a team. Children are the future and our voices must be heard.
Andre from Malta – I have wanted to express myself from a young age and when I heard about the ECC at the age of 7, it became one of my goals to join.
Mor from Hungary – To identify problems in society and then fix them.
Sena from Germany – To make children’s rights more accessible to all children.
A part from getting more knowledge on children’s rights, the EU and public speaking, they shared their hopes and expectations in terms of impact for the next two years:
- Have an impact on the lives and wellbeing of children across Europe
- Ensure children are heard and listened to
- Raise awareness of children’s right, reaching as many children as possible
- Raise awareness about the need for access to health care for children
- Influence educational systems and policies to make school a more enjoyable place for all
- Address the issue of child labour
- Help to increase access to mental health services for children and young people
Click here for more about Eurochild’s child participation work.