“Children’s rights have not fallen from Mars”, is a web-based game in Macedonian and Albanian, through which children can, in an interactive and funny way, get acquainted with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The game was commissioned by UNICEF Skopje and was developed in cooperation with the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia. In this game, the articles of the Convention are written in a language understandable to children and are accompanied by cartoon illustrations. By identifying themselves with the fictional characters of aliens in the game, children can play games in which they water flowers, hunt for balloons, play chase and draw graffiti. In this way, they express their creativity, and prize they receive for each completed task is a new right of the child, in the form of a lesson. Upon completing all of the levels, the players obtain a Certificate of Children’s Rights Ambassador.
In the game, you can find additional materials and videos about the rights of the child as well as a field for sending a complaint to the Ombudsman.
To start playing the game you just need to go to the link – http://detskiprava.mk/games/
Media literacy is closely related to the exercise of a number of human rights, in particular the right to freedom of expression. Therefore, this DVD includes materials provided by the Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia, with the aim of introducing children to their rights and the ways in which they can implement these rights.
In this segment of the DVD, one can first find the “Convention on the Rights of the Child in a language understandable to children” in Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, Turkish, Roma, Bosniak and Vlach.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on 20 November 1989, while the Republic of Macedonia ratified it on 26 January 1990 (as part of Yugoslavia) and, later on, on 2 December 1993, as an independent state. This Convention is an agreement among different countries to respect the same legal framework regarding the civil, political, economic, social, healthcare and cultural rights of children.
The Convention is accompanied by leaflets – “The Ombudsman in the Protection of Children’s Rights“, in eight languages, along with instructions on how to fill out a complaint to the Ombudsman. In order to ensure a more active and broader involvement in the protection of children’s rights, a special department for children’s rights protection has been established within the Ombudsman’s Office. Also, for this purpose, in 1999, the Ombudsman published two brochures on this topic, titled “The role of the Ombudsman in the protection of the rights and freedoms of children in the Republic of Macedonia” in the Macedonian language, and “Learn about your rights” in Macedonian and in English.
If there is a violation of the rights of a child, a complaint to the Ombudsman can be submitted by the child in person, by the parent or the guardian on behalf of the child, or by another person, body or organization that has find out that a certain right of the child in question has been violated. The Ombudsman is authorized to protect the rights of the citizens as individuals and, within this framework, the rights of children guaranteed by the international acts ratified in accordance with the Constitution, which constitute part of the internal legal order.