Tirana, 24 September 2019 – Tirana Youth Parliament in cooperation with CRCA / ECPAT Albania, organised for the first time the Albanian Parliament Model, under the framework of the program "From Children to Children", implemented by Save the Children in Albania and supported ny the Swedish International Development Agency.
The meeting was hosted by the Albanian Parliament under the auspices of the Parliamentary Group for Children’s Rights (Friends of Children). The main purpose of the meeting is to build bridges of dialogue and cooperation between the legislators of the Albanian Parliament and the youth in Albania. The youth come from high schools in Tirana, Burrel, Durres, Elbasan and Peshkopi.
The model of the Albanian Parliament is a non-formal education and training program, aimed at enhancing the participation of children and youth in decision-making, preparing them to become future politicians and public officials. Young men and women share common interests in resolving youth problems, issues related to the situation of children's rights, Albania's European integration and the role that young people should play in these processes.
The program is run by young people themselves and among other things aims to educate young people at the high school level for drafting and implementing various policies, laws or legal initiatives in order to increase the well-being of Albanian citizens. The Albanian Parliament model also aims to prepare young people to participate in law-making and decision-making processes.
Under the auspices of several members of the Parliament, young people took into consideration a legislative initiative that followed the normal course of its discussion and adoption. They also organised a final session of discussions and arguments between young people and MP’s, before approving the legislative initiative.
Child and youth participation is one of the basic principles sanctioned in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. CRCA / ECPAT Albania and Save the Children have for years been dedicated to increasing the participation of children and youth in decision-making processes at central and local level. Since 2017, both organizations have been working together to empower children and young people in five cities in Albania through advocacy activities and initiatives, involving children and youth among others in research, which resulted in the preparation of the Report on the Situation of Children's Rights in Albania.
For more information, contact:
Child and Youth Rights Adviser
CRCA / ECPAT Albania