The Gozo Rights 4U 2011 held at Manresa Retreat House
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For the seventh consecutive year, the Office of the Commissioner for Children organised its annual children’s rights course “Rights 4U,” with the support of its main sponsor being HSBC Malta Foundation. This is in line with the mandate of the Commissioner for Children to “provide public education and information designed to promote an understanding of the rights of children.”
The Office of the Commissioner for Children organised two courses, one in Malta and one in Gozo. The first Rights 4U Course in Malta was held at the Archbishop Seminary in Rabat between the 21st and the 23rd of July. The Rights 4U Course in Gozo began on the 8th of August at Manresa Retreat House, in Victoria and ended on Wednesday, the 10th of August. This course was attended by 48 participants between the ages of 13 and 15.
The interactive programme of the Rights 4U course included various activities in which the young people not only learnt about their rights, but also actively explored and engaged in discussions on their rights. The theme for this year’s courses was voluntary work since it is the European Year dedicated to Voluntary Organisations. The young participants organised a morning full of different activities such as tombola, story telling and planting seeds for the elderly residing at residenza Sant’Anna at the Gozo General Hospital.
Ms. Irene Attard a representative from Agenzija Zghazagh also met the participants and shared experiences with regards to youth involvement in volunteering.
The young participants were also visited by Justyne Caruana who encouraged them to participate in these kind of activities in order to voice their opinions. She also thanked them for carrying out the activities with the elderly.
The Commissioner for Children, Mrs. Helen D’Amato, was present during the event in order to increase dialogue with the young people, and receive feedback from the young people themselves. The Commissioner for Children encouraged these young people to become multipliers, and to be socially active within their environments.
The Ministry for Gozo partly sponsored this event in order to encourage the young participants to do voluntary work and also to acknowledge the benefits of voluntary work towards society.
Activities held during these courses were sponsored by the HSBC Foundation and the Ministry for Gozo. The activities were also supported by Gozo Channel Co Ltd and San Michel Table water.