For the 30th anniversary of the UN convention on the protection of children’s rights, Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform Foundation (DRR NP) and UNICEF are jointly implementing the “Safe Learning Environment for Children and Adolescent Participation” project.

The goal of the project is to strengthen adolescent participation in construction of resilient buildings, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability through the development of innovative technologies, life skills training and volunteering.
The project has started since May 2019 and some work has already been done.

The idea of implementing one of the components of the program is to provide relevant knowledge to the teachers of the schools social sciences involved in the program who will convey their knowledge to the students. The next step is to identify a community-specific problem of each school and as a result make a video of student-teacher collaboration using a quadrilateral stand provided to the target schools within the project. The duration of the video should be a maximum 3 minutes, during which children should clearly present their problems, alternative solutions, policies and actions aimed at solving the problem.

The last stage, the videos will be transmitted to the electoral board, after the winning school representatives will participate in a conference devoted to the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Children’s rights in Yerevan in November.
About the work done.

Tranche one (May-June). Twelve training courses (one in each region, two in Yerevan) have been implemented for social science teachers in about 350 schools.
The purpose of the training was to empower the social science teachers with practical knowledge on children’s rights protection and to provide 21st century skills through community and social, disaster risk reduction, environmental and climate change learning.

Tranche Two (September). Twelve seminars were organized for teachers participated in the first tranche, the purpose of which is to present the steps of presenting the problem through the use of a quadrilateral stand, as well as to answer the questions raised by the teachers.

Tranche Three (October). Twelve seminars were organized to introduce the compulsory points for shooting videos, display exemplary video clips, as well as answer the questions of teachers and students and provide counseling.

Tranche Four (November). At this stage, video clips from schools will be selected that will maximum meet the criteria for video production, and representatives from these schools will attend to the conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Children’s Rights.

As a result the participants are expected to:
– expand their knowledge of the UN Convention on the Children’s Rights, the Rights of people with special need, and the Elimination of violence against Women;
– learn to analyze different situations related to the rights of the children by drawing parallels with international conventions;
-be able to link the child’s rights with the Sustainable Development Goals;
– Recall the skills required in the 21st century, understand the need and expediency of applying them to community issues,
– improve the working skills with information sources
– acquire practical interviewing skills
– learn to develop an action plan
– etc.