Meet the 2022 Eurochild Children’s Council members!
The new Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC) started their 2 year-mandate at the Eurochild General Assembly
The Eurochild Children’s Council is a group of children supported by Eurochild members from different countries across Europe who play an advisory role in relation to our advocacy priorities, governance decisions and events.
In May 2022 they met in Brussels with the previous ECC members who will continue collaborating with Eurochild as mentors to help the new group settle down. Both groups met Marie-Cécile Rouillon, the European Commission Coordinator on Children's Rights and learnt about the work of Eurochild.
"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." - wrote Liam from Scotland in a blog about his first trip to Brussels.
We asked ECC members to tell us what their motivation was to apply to be part of the new council:
Anna (Greece) - To participate in child rights projects with a team. Children are the future and our voices must be heard.
Andre (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.
Lana (Croatia) - I love to make friends and I want to make children’s lives better.
Mor (Hungary) - To identify problems in society and then fix them.
Sena (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
Take a look at the photos from their first meeting in person