We are pleased to present Plan Europe’s Annual Review, an overview of Plan’s work during 2010 on European issues addressing EU and national policy-makers
In 2010 meaningful child participation was a priority for the EU Office, and for 2010 we developed a specific campaign to raise awareness and influence EU policy-makers at this critical moment in the development of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. Here we created opportunities for children to speak directly to policy-makers.
After a year of intense work, our ‘I Have a Voice!’ campaign came to a close. This campaign offered children all over the world a platform to give their opinions to politicians and policy-makers in Europe.
In 2010 we continued to strive to ensure child rights are at the heart of EU policies and practice, bringing the expertise of youth speaking with their own voice on what concerns and affects them. In our aim to make a difference to the lives of children and their communities, Plan’s expertise was recognised by receiving over €19m of European Commission grants.
On 20 November 2009, the International Day of the Child, Plan EU Office launched its ‘I have a voice!’ campaign and our exhibition on Children’s Right to Health in the European Parliament (EP) to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the UNCRC.
After a year of intense work, our cherished campaign came to a close. This campaign offered children all over the world a platform to give their opinions to politicians and policy-makers in Europe. As a result, we have collected more than 1,000 children’s voices from European countries and beyond. We found many similarities in the messages that children wanted EU policy-makers to hear and act upon. We also found a great deal of wisdom: “Invest in children, it’s the most effective (and actually the only) way to invest in the future! Listen to the children, and you will learn things you cannot learn from anybody else.”