Eurochild has now 200 members in 42 countries
On 22 November 2023, Eurochild held its Extraordinary General Assembly with the membership which voted on key aspects of Eurochild’s governance and membership, which now totals 200 members in 42 countries! Meet our new members below!
Five organisations were admitted as full members:
- Associazione Lea Onlus, Italy works to promote education and collaboration among parents, educators, and teachers, supporting them in their educational mission. Additionally, the association offers psychomotor therapy, artistic, linguistic, and communication programs to ensure the harmonious and positive development of young children.
- Børns Vilkår, Denmark, fights to ensure that no child in Denmark is abandoned – neither by the child's closest adults nor by society. It ensures that every child has at least one person who listens to them to make sure they get the support and care they need.
- Friends of Children of Serbia, works to protect and promote children’s rights, and social care for children and to encourage activities to improve work with children and for children. It is distinguished by our direct work with children and young people in all phases of their activities and programs: from planning to evaluation and monitoring.
- ISSA, International Step by Step Association, The Netherlands, is a network that connects professionals and organizations working in the field of early childhood development. ISSA’s mission is to ensure equal access to quality care and education for all young children from birth to 10 years old, based on the principles of UNCRC.
- UCRN, Ukrainian Child Rights Network, works to consolidate efforts and improve coordination among civil society organizations in Ukraine and their influence on the State childcare policy. Its goal is to ensure that every child grows up in a happy, healthy, secure, and family-oriented environment, where their personality and rights are respected.
Three organisations and two individuals were admitted as associate members:
- Child Rights Information Center, informs and trains adults to understand what needs the child has and what responsibilities they have about their fulfilment in the family, school, or other environments. It supports children to make their voices heard and to influence the decisions of the authorities.
- Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania, is the official body for inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic Region. The Prime Minister’ vision is that the Nordic region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The co-operation in the Nordic Council of Ministers must serve this purpose.
- Star for Life Ukraine, is dedicated to empowering underprivileged children in Ukraine by granting them equal opportunities for quality education and computer literacy programs. It strongly believes that every child, irrespective of its socio-economic background or geographic location, should have access to a bright future.
- Dr. Rita Melia, Ireland, is a lecturer on the BA Early Childhood Education and Care programme at Atlantic Technological University. She has worked in the early childhood education and care sector for over thirty years in practice, research and policy. Her main emphasis is on the right of all children to have quality early years experiences where they have a voice and choice.
- Nadine Finch, United Kingdom, is an Honorary Senior Policy Fellow at the School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She was a barrister specialising in migration and family and public law, a fee paid Immigration and Asylum Judge and a salaried Upper Tribunal Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. Since 2004, she has been conducting independent research in the field of child migration and child trafficking.
In addition to these official proceedings, the General Assembly offered a space for members, the board and the secretariat to share and reflect on the amazing work done over the past year. Eurochild has also just launched its 2023 report Children's Rights: Political will or won't? on children in need across Europe based on assessments provided by 38 Eurochild members in 26 countries.