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Children's Embassy Megjashi [Macedonia] – 20 years growing with the children
an article by Children's Embassy Megjashi (abridged)

Video: Megjashi - Documentary film

. . . The First Children's Embassy in the World - Megjashi marks the jubilee - 20 years since the establishment. In the past two decades it cares, helps and supports the children and fights for the protection of their rights.

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- 20 years ago, when we gathered to help the refugee children from Bosnia and Herzegovina we did not know what we are getting in with all our hearts and what the challenges we will confront. But faced with them and we learned. It was not easy to trace the path of the new children's movement in Macedonia, called the First Children’s Embassy in the world – “Megjashi". However, the children recognized us and entrust us with the need to protect and defend them. We spoke publicly for many problems they are facing and increased the public awareness about the importance and the necessity of respecting the rights of the child- said MA. Dragi Zmijanac, founder and executive director of "Megjashi" at the ceremony on the occasion of the jubilee that was held in the Drama Theatre on April 27.

Megjashi’s ambasador," Kole Angelovski, hopes that in the next 20 years the First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi will be the conscience of this society and this country in terms of the treatment and care for children.

- We got up to the 20th anniversary and we don’t know how because in all those urgent requests for assistance to children affected by the war, children who were abused, tortured, raped ... we didn’t think of numbers of jubilees, simply we did not have time for that. In order to avoid forgetting those important dates, The First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi was sending press releases to the media and addressed the importance of working with and for the children. But when the year 2012 started being implied, we realized that something had to be done, the former children (members, volunteers and refugees) were expecting us to gather them, like when parents gather their children for their birthday. They started seeking each other on the social networks, especially the former refugee children and the volunteers and started asking about when they can meet. Is there a better moment for such gathering than the jubilee that is knocking at the door? Great feeling but a responsibility as well. – said Gordana Pirkovska – Zmijanac, the creator of this children’s movement . . .

On the celebration, the documentary film "20 years of the First Children’s Embassy in the world – Megjashi” was presented, which despite the dramatic images and indicated information regards the conditions in which some members of the most vulnerable group in our society – the children live, ended with an optimistic message, "We continue ". Since Dragi Zmijanac wished for the next big anniversary, the 30th anniversary, to mark only the good news in the lives of the children, the activities of the embassy continue in this direction.

In the lobby of the theater, the numerous guests from all fields of social life, friends of "Megjashi" were able to look at the exhibition of children's drawings, which was prepared by the students from elementary schools in the country, and everything was sweetened with a lovely cake with Megjashi’s logo.


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Rights of the child, How can they be promoted and protected?

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, as an important addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This report was posted on October 8, 2012.