World Child Rights Day is a cultural problem as a matter of priority, President of the Republic of Prokopis Pavlopoulos stressed during a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace before Culture Minister Myrsini Zorba and Areios Pagos Prosecutor Xenis Demetriou.
The special ceremony was celebrated as the World Day for the Rights of the Child and students and teachers of the 87th Intercultural Education Elementary School in Athens, the First School of Ilion and Epital Music from the Sivitanidio School.
Mr. Pavlopoulos emphasized that the State is the most visible of culture when behaving like the needs of children when it starts creating personality and preparing it to face the challenges of the future and the real world. which is full of contradictions. He also refers to the big problems facing children today, even in the most developed countries, and underlines the need for cooperation between the State, family and organizations for the protection of children's rights, noting that their character formation is debt the biggest we have.
In this context, Mr. Pavlopoulos reminded that November 20 as Children's Rights Day serves the World Community as a constant reminder of its obligation to ensure the protection and development of childhood in peace, prosperity, freedom, justice and equal opportunity.
He also pointed out that it took 30 years from November 20, 1959, when the UN General Assembly adopted the "Declaration of the Rights of the Child" until November 20, 1989, when it was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly after the Declaration mentioned above, "Convention on the Rights of the Child", become clear, that is, to ratify and begin to apply to almost all countries in the world.
At the same time, he underlined that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a legally binding text for its member countries and contains a complete directory of children's rights needed:
First, to develop a harmonious and free personality, physical, spiritual, cultural, psychological, moral and social.
Second, for the survival and protection of all forms of violence, exploitation, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Third, to express his thoughts and beliefs. These include, for example, rights enshrined in freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to respect his personal life, the right to access information.
Special attention has also been made to the reality of Greece, noting that, apart from the text of international law for the protection of children, and our Constitution, in accordance with the provisions of Article 21 par. 1, in addition to family institution institutions, for the first time, independently, protection by the state and childhood.
However, it underscores that, despite the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international and supranational texts, millions of children around the world suffer from hunger and poverty, they experience social exclusion, neglect, physical and mental violence, deprived of primary education and access to basic hygiene and maintenance conditions.
"In these circumstances, the world does not, at least in its entirety, fit for children. Systemic actions and constant vigilance are needed. There are no legal texts, legal rules or legal principles that can contribute to the protection of childhood children unless they are transformed into concrete, systematic and practical steps and policies. We must all realize that protecting our children is the greatest investment for nations and society, as well as for humanity as a whole, "Pavlopoulos said.
For his part, Minister of Culture and Sports Myrsini Zorba, because he sincerely thanked Mr. Pavlopoulos for setting dates and events under the auspices of the Republican Presidency, referring to the need to protect children's rights, focusing on equality of opportunities and participation in dialogue intercultural. Overcoming young students and their teachers, he talked about "Children of Citizens", once again emphasizing their rights in difficult circumstances at this time.
For its part, the Areopagus Prosecutor, Xeni Dimitriou, showed the President's sensitivity about the Rights of the Child and their defense, underlining that this was not the first time the Presidential Palace had opened its doors to welcome such events with high symbolism.
In many years of experience from the Prosecutor's Office, Mrs. Dimitriou spoke with great sensitivity about the rights and obligations of children, noting that "we saw you directly today" celebrating World Day for the Protection of the Rights of the Child "and urging young students to respect these rights in the presence of their classmates, condemn their attitudes and behavior, the phenomenon of bowling and the decline of human personality. As noted, all rights have limits, and he stresses that when rights are misused, the rights of others are automatically affected.
Especially touching is the intervention of a young student from Ilion Music Middle School, which refers to the reality of modern schools, to Greek family problems from the ongoing crisis, but also to the range of unemployment young people have to face after school emphasizing the need not only to maintain but also to ensure the rights of children in the modern world.