U Nišu održan prvi sastanak Saveta dece MODS-a
The first meeting of the Council of Children of Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia – MODS was held in the period 27th – 29th of June 2014 in Open Club premises in Nis. The Network was founded at the initiative of the Open Club in May 2011 and it currently gathers 95 member organizations from all regions of Serbia. The Council of Children is consisted out of seven children from organizations members of MODS. Council of Children has an advisory role for the working bodies and active participants of MODS in the initiatives proposing and problem solving in the field of promotion and improvement of the rights of all children in Serbia. The Council of Children was established in May 2014 at the gathering of MODS members in Sokobanja. Children who have participated at the event in front of their organizations voted for their candidates and gave a two year mandate to their representatives.
The aim of the first meeting of Council of Children of MODS was to develop the communication and activities plans for the next one year period. The meeting was also a good opportunity for strengthening of capacities of children for work with media and media appearances, usage of social media for activism and advocacy for children rights and their active participation in upcoming advocacy campaigns. In one part of the meeting, children from the Council had the opportunity to meet with the Coordinating Committee of MODS and directly propose their models for involvement of children in decision making process, as well as to indicate the priority areas which should be addressed in the future. It was discussed about the lack of awareness among children about the children rights, inability for children voices to be heard, lack of quality leisure time for children, problems in the fields of education, health and children safety.
Coordinating Committee of MODS also held special meeting aimed at reviewing of the previous and current activities and harmonizing of the proposed initiatives of the Council of Children with the program and organizational priorities of the Network.
All the activities were realized as a part of the project “Future Fit for Children”, implemented by the Open Club with the support of ISC and USAID.