Parents are there to help #KidsTakeOver on Universal Children's Day

Today marks Universal Children’s Day, the anniversary of the UN adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). So far all countries in the world except the USA have joined the Convention, showing political will to protect children and their rights.

The European Union, not a signatory of the Convention (yet), but having Member States that have all committed themselves to align their policies with the Rights of the Child, is facing its greatest challenges in decades. At the same time the current European Commission has recently announced measures that affect the lives of children in Europe – directly or by influencing the lives of their parents and the institutional framework around them.

The announcement to build the Pillar of European Social Rights was welcomed by all, including parents all over Europe. The EU Summit in Gothenburg last week has proclaimed the construction of the Pillar, a major demonstration of political will. The Summit also marked the publication of a new EU initiative on creating a European Education Area by 2025.


Role of NGO’s in the Holocaust Remembrance activities

Personal reflexions of Herminio Correa, EPA Ambassador

After many years of studying, reading, and listening to testimonies and watching movies and documentaries about the Holocaust, it was finally time to make a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau.

A hard, cold and unforgettable experience, that have aroused in me an emotional roller coaster and left in the air a question: How could this happen?

Yes, why so many men and women, ordinary people just like us, suddenly became terrible predators and cold killers?


The Post-2020 MFF Must Invest In Children And Aim To End Child Poverty

This week the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU will sign the inter-institutional proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg,(1) which reiterates commitments to promote social inclusion and the rights of the child.(2) The future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should contribute to translate these commitments into action.

More than 20 organisations within the EU Alliance for Investing in Children urge the EU institutions and its Member States to invest in children and develop a future MFF that works to end child poverty and promotes the social inclusion of all children in Europe.


Protecting Children in Audiovisual Media Services -Current and Future Measures workshop report

ERGA, and independent advisory body to the European Commission organised an interesting workshop on 4 October in Brussels with different stakeholders presenting their present and future activities on the protection of minors. The role of parents in this and services targeting parents were constantly highlighted by both industry and policy speakers. EPA was offered the opportunity to present our view and approach in this area as well are reflect on the state of play and plans presented.


Inspiring school leaders

The Inspriring School Leaders Confernece was held in Cambridge University's St. John's College on 22-24 September 2017. EPA was offered the opportunity to inspire school leaders from all over the world to engage parents for a 21st century school system.

Books and screens and the reading brain - conference in Vilnius

E-Read, a scientific project financed by COST organised a major conference in Vilnius, Lithuania on 27-29 September 2017. A stakeholder round table was held as part of the conference, focusing on textbooks and other reading material used in and by schools, and EPA was invited to present the parents' view.

If Kids can do it... - Parents and children together for tackling food waste

EPA has been represented in the FEAD Network by our Ambassador Herminio Correa (second left in the picture). In the network they are trying to find cooperation possibilities of projects financed from FEAD funds and those working with groups of people, those who are the most deprived in Europe, to amplify the effect of FEAD funding. The following project idea was developed at the last network meeting at a contest and won. It is a simple but great idea worth considering to implement. Let us know if you decide to make it a reality.

“Best Project idea for tackling food waste”

Winner 1

If Kids can do it…

1.This project aims to tackle the substantial issue of food waste in families.

2. The name of our project is If Kids Can Do It

3. The objective is two-fold. First, it is intended to include more people in awareness around food waste, as it is from understanding that action comes. Our second aim is to practically change behaviour.

4. Starting in schools, the activities would get children involved and invested in the food process. We would organise cooking workshops using resources that would otherwise have gone to waste. School kitchens are a key location for these activities, and children could also visit farms and factories depending on where they are based (making the project applicable in various settings).

5. How does this connect to FEAD?
  • It reaches children from all backgrounds, including the most deprived.
  • It provides a meal from kids from otherwise wasted resources.
  • Community-building aspect: kids bring home what they learn to their parents. Parents could also contribute their skills, in turn; for example, by arranging show-and-tell of their work in the food industry, perhaps in a factory, farm, or shop.

6. Who? This project includes children, teachers and school authorities, parents. It is important to underline the value of volunteers to contribute their personal skills on a case-by-case basis.

7. When? The project could start with a pilot in schools in one commune in the city, and one commune in the countryside.

8. In this way, If Kids Can Do It… helps prevent food waste with each meal created and by teaching the younger generation, while connecting families with FEAD, and fostering community.

Harriet Brooker – Red Cross EU
Patrizia de Felice – Fead Managing Authority
Louis Cantuel – Restaurants du Coeur

Hermínio Corrêa – European Parents Association