Workshop on human rights under the motto Know Your Rights was held on 4 October 2012 for school children in the Municipality of Cetinje in South-West Montenegro. The event was organized by the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, the Municipal Secretariat for Social Welfare and Youth and non-governmental organization Youth Centre Proactive.
The workshop held in the local parliament was attended by more than 100 students of primary and secondary schools. The event aimed at deepening the participants’ knowledge and understanding of human rights, and discussing with them how young people can have a stronger impact on areas that directly affect them, be more actively involved in decision-making thereby ensure more respect to their rights.
“The participation and questions that the young people raised showed that they are interested in becoming a part of decision-making process but they are still lacking information on how to do this,” Mirjana Rakocevic, the Director of the Youth Centre Proactive said.
Today’s event concluded a series of workshops organized by the OSCE Mission in 2012 as part of its efforts to support the Montenegrin authorities in implementing youth policy in the country. The OSCE also helped develop local youth policy plans for the municipalities of Bijelo Polje and Cetinje and set up municipal youth offices and youth councils for strengthening the participation of young people at the local level.
“In the next phase, these bodies, together with non-governmental organizations dealing with youth issues, will be entrusted with implementation of the local youth policy plans,” Ivana Vujovic, the OSCE National Democratization Programme Officer said, adding that the OSCE was ready to continue supporting youth in the decision-making process.