Hope for Children https://www.uncrcpc.org UNCRCPC Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:37:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.uncrcpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/favicon-150x150.png Hope for Children https://www.uncrcpc.org 32 32 Laws https://www.uncrcpc.org/laws/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/laws/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:06:08 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=1195 Rights of the Child

United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. United Nations. (1989).

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – The Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (2000).

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – The Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography (2000).

ILO Convention 138 Concerning the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment.

United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency – Riyadh Guidelines.

United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty.

* United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice – Beijing Rules.

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Quote for the provision of External Evaluation Services https://www.uncrcpc.org/quote-for-the-provision-of-external-evaluation-services/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/quote-for-the-provision-of-external-evaluation-services/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:54:25 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=632 “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is requesting quotations for an External Evaluator to carry out the necessary work for the EU funded project BASE: Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2017 – 809952, which the Implementing Partner is currently executing, for the period between 07/01/2019 and 06/01/2021.

The objective of the External Evaluation is to assess project’s key results, impact and sustainability; analysing outputs against key project indicators, and the impact of the outputs based on the results of the pilot activities. The evaluator will submit to the partnership his/her objective opinion expressed through Output Evaluation and Impact Assessment Reports.

Specifically, the External Evaluator will undertake the following responsibilities:

* Reviewing and evaluating tools and guidelines produced per project workpackage;

* Produce Output Evaluation and Impact Assessment Reports in accordance to the project’s timeline;

* Regularly liaise with the project coordinator and internal evaluation team to support progress monitoring, risk assessment and corrective actions needed.

* Communicate with project partners as required.

* Report on the efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of BASE

* Produce one final external evaluation report.

The External Evaluator must have proven:

* Relevant academic background (Humanities, Social Sciences, Management)

* Experience in project development, implementation & evaluation (over 5 years)

* Experience on EU funds management (over 5 years)

* Good understanding of and proven experience on vocational and educational training; capacity-building of professionals; and implementation of activities close to migrant communities will be considered an advantage.

Interested parties should send their CV, complete the relevant form and return to mavrou.c@uncrcpc.org no later than 15/02/2019

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International Day of Education: “Hope For Children’’ CRC Policy Center raises awareness about every child’s right to education https://www.uncrcpc.org/international-day-of-education-hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-raises-awareness-about-every-childs-right-to-education/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/international-day-of-education-hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-raises-awareness-about-every-childs-right-to-education/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:53:26 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=637 The establishment by United Nations, for the first time, of the 24th of January as International Day of Education points out the high importance of education in contemporary societies. Although access to education consists a fundamental right for all children, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC, 1989), until today efforts continue towards its fulfilment.

Today, the global literacy is estimated at the highest level ever. However, inequalities are existing based on geographical area, with some countries in Africa having the lowest percentages of literacy (less than 30% of children know how to read and write). According to UNESCO, even today 262 million children and youth do not attend school. Especially girls and children with migrant background are at higher risk to stay out of education.

The contemporary global goals for education refer to both inclusion of all children in education and ensuring high standards in pedagogical practices, utterly aiming at youth’s rehabilitation in society. Thus, the need for educational and psychosocial programs arises more than ever, both in formal and non-formal education, which contribute to the development of life skills and active citizenship.

In line with the above, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center provides groups of children, parents, and educators with experiential workshops and non-formal education programs. Among the aims of these programs are: the inclusion of all children without discrimination and their free access to education, the awareness regarding vulnerable groups of children (e.g. migrants, children who are subject to violence), and learning about children’s rights by children themselves. For more information regarding services provided by specialized staff of the Organization, you can consult our website www.uncrcpc.org.cy or calling 22 103234 (24-hour response).

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The Transnational report of CREUS project overseen by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center https://www.uncrcpc.org/the-transnational-report-of-creus-project-overseen-by-hope-for-children-crc-policy-center/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/the-transnational-report-of-creus-project-overseen-by-hope-for-children-crc-policy-center/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:52:17 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=647 “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is overseeing the CREUS Transnational project report which presents a selection of projects in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom (England), that, though diverse in practice and specific objectives, have in common the social inclusion of participants as an end result.

CREUS projects (2017-1-UK01-KA202-036681) focuses on the development and nurture of the vocational transversal skills of disadvantaged young people through creative, non-formal learning in unconventional space.

Given the scope of CREUS project, the use of peer mentoring as a non-formal learning strategy, combined with the use of creative practices in unconventional spaces were the variables prioritized in selecting the cases. The case studies are practical examples, across partner countries, of how creative practices generate transferable and transversal competences that facilitate accessing vocational and educational training (VET) and the labour market.

Please click here for a full review CREUS Project Transnational Report.

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Call for Interns in Administration and Language Support https://www.uncrcpc.org/call-for-interns-in-administration-and-language-support/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/call-for-interns-in-administration-and-language-support/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:51:44 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=752 Who are we?

“Hope For Children CRC Policy Center is an International Humanitarian and Independent Institution and its headquarters are based in Nicosia, Cyprus. We conduct our work through research, advisory services, advocacy and policy, as well as through the design and implementation of grassroots programs.

Our Vision & Mission

The vision of the Organization is to contribute to the protection and promotion of the rights of the child and to support the active participation of children and youth in society. We aim to advocate and to protect children’s rights based on the standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law, regardless of their background. We are looking to provide internship opportunity (unpaid) for a period of minimum 3-6 months.

We value all of our interns to make sure they receive a learning experience that fits their career goals. This is an opportunity to be part of an international and vibrant team and gain experience in a professional, cultural and educational environment. The selected intern will have an opportunity to gain an overview and familiarize with the matters related to project development and project cycle management. It also provides interns with a letter of recommendation upon completion of their internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern is expected to perform a variety of tasks, which are likely to include:

* provide translation services (translation of documents from Greek to English and vice-versa) and interpretation services (consecutive whispered interpretation from Greek to English and vice-versa).

* office assistance;

* collaborate with the staff and support their work;

* contribute to the development of project proposals;

* assist with fundraising and other events of the Organization when needed;

* provide material for website updates;

* develop graphics, logos, brochures, reports, websites and etc.


* Excellent communication skills in Greek and in English (both oral and written) is required;

* Recent graduates or postgraduates; if profile and skills are met, students in final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution will be considered;

* Previous experience in translation tasks will be considered as an advantage;

* University degree in languages or administration is preferred and would be considered an advantage.

Required skills

* Have the ability to work in a multicultural environment, and the ability to engage, work and live in inter-cultural dialogue and communication;

* Computer literate, including MS Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.), use of internet and web based applications;

* Willing to undertake grass roots initiatives related to children’s rights and vulnerable groups;

* Excellent intercultural and communication skills;

* Analytical skills and ability to work as a member of team;

* Flexibility;

* Ethical person with no prejudices and respectful towards the non-discrimination and mutual respect principles.


The intern is expected to work at least 25 hours per week (5 days per week). Sometimes, he/she may be asked to work some extra days or hours, due to specific activities or needs of the Organization. In this case these days can be recovered. The intern is entitled to 2 days per month holidays (a week notice before) and the dates must be agreed in advance with the Director of Research and Development Department.

General Obligations

* Commitment and adherence to the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the Organization;

* Adhere to strict confidentiality policies and procedures;

* Use supervision effectively and work towards personal and professional growth;

* Handle confidential information and have the ability to interact tactfully with other staff and clients at all levels concerning sensitive issues;

* Work as a team player, providing support as well as constructive feedback in interpersonal interactions;

* Participate and contribute to fundraising programs of the Organization;

* Work under the principles of the UNCRC, without prejudices and with respect to the principle of non-discrimination.

To apply, please send a CV and a motivation letter to jobs@uncrcpc.org and the subject line should be: “Administration and Language Internship Application – HFC 2019”

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“Hope For Children” brings together passionate educators to empower young people on Gender Equality https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-brings-together-passionate-educators-to-empower-young-people-on-gender-equality/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-brings-together-passionate-educators-to-empower-young-people-on-gender-equality/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:48:00 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=742 “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center organised and implemented a specialized two day workshop for educators and school counsellors on the topics of gender-based violence and gender equality as part of their EU-funded project “CONVEY – Counteracting sexual violence and harassment: Engaging Youth in schools in digital education on gender stereotyping”.
The workshop took place on the 10th and the 13th of December 2018 and participants included school counsellors, Patricia Phaedonos from the Cyprus Observatory on School Violence of the Ministry of Education, and Christiana Christodoulou and Melina Dimitriou from the School Violence Intervention Team (OAP) of the Ministry of Education and educational counsellor, Anna Charalambous from “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center.
The main goal of the workshop was to share best practices on gender expertise and facilitate the implementation of the gender equality Pilot Programme for Young People using the digital tool “CONVEY, Not A Game”, which was designed and developed for the same project. This tool is an intertwined multi-media game of investigation based on real testimonies of violence survivors. The workshop comprised of 5 sessions on the topics of gender stereotypes, objectification of women in the media, myths about sexual violence and harassment, disclosure steps and sensitivity, celebration of diversity and digital education.  
The participants will implement the Pilot Programme for Young People in the upcoming first months of 2019 in their corresponding jurisdiction. The pilot will be supported by a series of specifically designed activities designed by the CONVEY partners and will identify attitude and behavioural changes throughout its implementation.  
“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center would like to express their appreciation to the participants for their input, involvement, passion and commitment to implement the Pilot Programme for Young People in Cyprus. There is no easy way to change into a society that truly benefits and celebrates Gender Equality, nonetheless every effort and dedication has a vital impact on eradicating gender-based violence. 
CONVEY project was developed by six EU project partners including Gender Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria), “Hope For Children” (Cyprus), The Smile of the Child (Greece), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (Ireland), Westminster City Council (UK). For more information about the project and the game, you can contact Anca Clivet Coordinator of the Education, Awareness & Capacity Building Unit at clivet.a@uncrcpc.org.  

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INTEGRA: Multidisciplinary Mentorship programme to support the entrepreneurship of children in care and young care-leavers https://www.uncrcpc.org/integra-multidisciplinary-mentorship-programme-to-support-the-entrepreneurship-of-children-in-care-and-young-care-leavers/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/integra-multidisciplinary-mentorship-programme-to-support-the-entrepreneurship-of-children-in-care-and-young-care-leavers/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:22:15 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=734 INTEGRA Newsletter #1:

The first transnational meeting for the INTEGRA project took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in June 2018. This moment represented the kick-off of a project that proposes a new approach to support young people ageing-out of care-systems, easing their social, cultural and economic integration into the community through the establishment of support networks and tailored mentoring programs. +info

The national reports of 5 countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) will be released soon, providing a better understanding about the obstacles and needs that children in these southern EU countries face during their transitioning process to adulthood.

INTEGRA Newsletter #2:

The transition to adulthood carries a set of obstacles and challenges that are intensified by the lack of an effective support system. Consequently, the success of this emancipation highly depends on the supportive guidance of an adult figure that can be often abstract and difficult to reach for young people in care systems.

Reforming these non-child-friendly structures that are often unable to prepare young people for their transition into adulthood is necessary to avoid a long-term status of vulnerability and exclusion that may result in homelessness, early parenthood, dropping out of school, unemployment and addictive or criminal behaviours. This need is emphasized by the 63.300 unaccompanied minors that entered the EU in 2016 as asylum seekers, of which over two thirds – 43.400 – were between the ages of 16-17 (Eurostat, May 2017).

The INTEGRA project focuses on the need to qualify care professionals who work with and for children, granting their rights and protection. These professionals are crucial for the minors to overcome situations of abuse and neglect and to guarantee the implementation of comprehensive measures to ease their social integration.

An innovative assessment of the different care systems and ageing-out of care strategies in EU southern countries will be possible soon as the national reports of the 5 countries participating in the project (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) are about to be published.

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center celebrating 10 successful and fruitful years https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-celebrating-10-successful-and-fruitful-years/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-celebrating-10-successful-and-fruitful-years/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:19:55 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=726 On the International Day of the Rights of the Child November 20th, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful course on promoting and defending the rights of children in Cyprus. Hellenic Bank was the Partner & Supporter of this great event. During the cocktail reception that took place at Hilton Park Hotel, the Director-General of Hope For Children Mr. Joseph Varughese stated “Ten years ago, I had so many dreams, hopes and immense enthusiasm. Today, celebrating a decade with you all, nothing has changed… except the fact that we have made that dream come true and we are all working towards new ones”. Despite the fact that he faced a lot of challenges, difficulties and obstacles when he founded the organization, today 10 years later he still has the same passion to continue the successful course of Hope For Children together with the governmental authorities, the European and International Partners, and the people who embraced and endorsed his dream. He also took the opportunity to thank all staff members for their loyalty and professionalism and for not giving up on our children regardless the obstacles that come on their way.

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Cyprus congratulated Mr. Varughese and his team for the great work done so far and spoke about the important programs granted to the Organization by the State. The work implemented from Hope For Children was praised by Ms. Anastasia Papadopoulou, dedicated friend and supporter of the organization, when she referred to the continuous efforts of Mr. Varughese and his team to establish and form new programmes and legislations in order to protect the rights of the child.

The organization was honoured by the presence of the First Lady, Mrs. Andri Anastasiades, Ministers, Commissioners, parliamentarians, representatives from governmental services, municipalities and the corporate sector, as well as representatives from other organizations and institutions. The event was also attended by the HFC’s Senior Advisory Board members, the Head of the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe Ms. Regína Jensdóttir and the Goodwill Ambassador of HFC, the music composer Mr. George Theophanous.

The entire evening was presented by a group of 20 Children’s Right’s Ambassadors from the American International School and The English School, all of whom were trained last year by the Organization through the CRC Campus Clubs, in order to raise awareness for Children’s Rights. Also, students from Mousiko Ergastiri Giorgos Theophanous entertained the guests with songs.

Hope For Children established and introduced the Children’s Rights Defender Award which refers to individuals or entities who through their actions have promoted the Rights of the Child on a National, European and International level. Taking into consideration such valuable and important actions, HFC has chosen to award Mr. Bragi Gudbradsson member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and Former D.G. of the Icelandic Government Agency for Child Protection for his outstanding contribution to the protection of the Rights of the Child. Mr. Gudbradsson has been the consultant for the Republic of Cyprus and a close collaborator of Hope For Children prior and during the process of the design and establishment of the Children’s House in Cyprus. He has generously shared his knowledge and expertise whilst supporting all stakeholders throughout the entire process.

Furthermore, on the occasion of their 10th anniversary celebration, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center expressed their gratitude and their appreciation to the Organization’s perpetual supporters such as CYTA telecommunication infrastructure sponsor, who have been supporting HFC in different ways during this challenging journey. During the evening, a handful of companies were awarded. These were the corporate partners, that through their long term commitment to the Organization, enabled it’s expansion and development in order to reach out to more and more children on a daily basis. The Corporate Partners who have been awarded are Alfamega Hypermarkets, Action Global Communications, Leroy Merlin Cyprus, Little Stars Montessori Nursery School, Microsoft Cyprus, and Mitsides.

Finally, Choose Hope campaign was also introduced when blue noses were handed over to the guests whilst Children’s Right’s Ambassadors of the Organization encouraged them to wear the blue noses in order to support Hope For Children endeavour to keep the hopes of children high and share their blue nose photos on social media using the hashtag #choosehopecy.

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High-level CoE and UN officials speaking at the conference on Children’s Rights in Digital Environment https://www.uncrcpc.org/high-level-coe-and-un-officials-speaking-at-the-conference-on-childrens-rights-in-digital-environment/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/high-level-coe-and-un-officials-speaking-at-the-conference-on-childrens-rights-in-digital-environment/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:13:30 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=722 On the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day, 20th of November, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center has the honour to organise and to invite you to the Second National Forum on the Rights of the Child, dedicated to Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment. Hellenic Bank is the Partner & Supporter of the 2nd National Forum on the Rights of the Child.

Digital environment is complex and subject to rapid evolution. It is without doubt reshaping children’s lives in many ways, exposing them to a wealth of opportunities and if correctly used, it is a tool that helps enhance their knowledge. The new Recommendation adopted by the Council of Europe on how to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment urges States to act upon in order to ensure that the internet is a safe, secure and enabling environment especially for children and that all children’s rights are respected.

Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the potential of children to enrich decision-making processes, to share perspectives and to participate as citizens and actors of change. Based on that, children will be the main actors of this year’s Forum, actively participating in the discussions that will bring together competent government Ministers, national stakeholders, experts from local organisations as well as Ms. Regina Jensdottir, Head of Children’s Rights division of the Council of Europe and Mr. Bragi Gudbrandsson, member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss the importance and the challenges of the digital environment in our children’s lives.

The 2nd National Forum on the Rights of the Child, under the theme Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment, will take place on November 20th 2018, at the Cine Studio of the University of Nicosia from 8:30 to 16:30. For registrations and further information please write to michalopoulou.t@uncrcpc.org or call the 22 103234.

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center supports the initiative for the children of Kenya https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-supports-the-initiative-for-the-children-of-kenya/ https://www.uncrcpc.org/hope-for-children-crc-policy-center-supports-the-initiative-for-the-children-of-kenya/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:11:02 +0000 http://www.uncrcpc.org/?p=718 The International, Independent and Humanitarian institution “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center congratulates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and the Honorary Consul of Kenya in Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Tornaritis on the humanitarian aid initiative for the infrastructures that Holy Metropolis of Kenya operates and invites the people of Cyprus to respond to this call.

This initiative is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus in cooperation with the Honorary Consul of Kenya in Cyprus and DISY’s parliamentary representative Mr. Nikos Tornaritis and the Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organisations, Mr. Yiannis Giannakis, in the framework of enhancing humanitarian aid policy and contributing to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. This initiative will last throughout November and concerns the collection of new or lightly used clothing and footwear, school supplies and dry food, aiming at enhancing the operation of the orphanage, schools and medical centres operating under the responsibility of the Holy Metropolis of Kenya.

The period during which each citizen, organisation or institution can contribute actively began on Thursday 1st of November, and will be open until Friday 30th of November 2018. The collection of items will take place in a specially designated area at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ parking area, between 9.00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It is an action that has both meaningful and symbolic value and enables everyone to offer what they can to continue the imperative missionary work of the Holy Metropolis of Kenya, which is being conducted under particularly adverse conditions.

For further information, the public can contact the call center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, to the number 22651000.

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