The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

New Gozo Children’s Hub enables young to dream big

Friday, 20 November 2020, 10:48 Last update: about 13 days ago

Children in Gozo are being empowered to voice their needs and become a stronger presence in society through the creation of their very own hub being launched today to mark World Children’s Day.

The Gozo Children’s Hub is an offshoot of the Childrens Hub within the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, and follows on the success and inroads it made in bringing their concerns to the fore.

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MFWS chair Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who is also president of Eurochild, a prestigious childrens rights advocacy network with 176 members in 34 countries, felt it was high time that children in Gozo had their own space to discuss their aspirations.

“Children in Gozo have unique needs and different hoops to jump through, so we felt this new branch will facilitate their participation, make them more visible and empower them to speak up,” Ms Coleiro Preca said.

World Children's Day, celebrated each year on November 20, offers the opportunity to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, in the hope these will translate into dialogue and action that will build a better world for children. 

Ms Coleiro Preca added: “There is nobody better suited to influence policies that affect children, than the children themselves. As one of our young members, Hailey, said, this hub gives them the chance to ‘dream big’ and be heard.”

To achieve this vision the Childrens Hub within the MFWS, is continuously investing in activities and projects that promote active citizenship.

Today’s launch of the Gozo Childrens Hub is intended to widen this safe space for children from Gozo and, among others, help adults understand childrens issues through a childs perspective.

As Sharon Cilia, one of the hub’s founding members, said: “Being part of this team makes me feel like we can finally remove the masks. We are free to be our true selves. It gives me confidence. We feel a part of something. We are given the voice that is usually take away from us.”

The virtual launch — taking place tonight, Friday, November 20, between 5-6pm — aims to bring together members of the Childrens and Young PersonsCouncil in Malta to share their experiences with their counterparts in Gozo. Those who wish to take part can send an email to [email protected] to receive further details, including the link for the virtual launch.

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