Intro to the Mini MU

Dianne De Costa talks about the creation of the Mini MU, the first of its kind in the world.

The Mini MU members have big plans for highlighting the issue of plastic and the environment for World Children's Day - 20th November. You will be hearing more from the children themselves over the coming weeks.

Sue Mitchell said "In my role as Diocesan Families Missioner I have been working with the World Council of Churches and UNICEF to highlight the importance of listening to children. This year on World Children’s Day, 20th November, children all over the world will be raising the issue of climate change, recycling and looking after our planet. Here in Liverpool, we have the first Mini Mother’s Union group in the world made up of children between the ages of 4-15yrs, the group are currently working on plastic recycling and are passionate about this issue. It seemed that the link between listening to young people and our aim to be an Eco Diocese was the perfect opportunity to hear what this group had to say.  We need to highlight the listening to what our young people have to say ... not just on world children day but every day!" 


Pictured: Some of the members of the Mini MU working to build Eco Bricks as they prepare to highlight the problem of plastic waste. 
World Children's day - 20th November
As a Diocese, we would encourage you to use this date each year to highlight listening to the children & young people in your church/school/community, and encourage them to take action on an important topic.

November 20th is a key date in the calendar; it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date when in 1989 the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

World Children’s Day is a day of action for children, by children, that celebrates all children’s rights and the power of their voices in changing our world across the globe.

The Convention contains 54 articles covering all aspects of a child’s life and sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children across the world are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The World council of Churches have recently collaborated with UNICEF to develop and implement a set of principles “The Churches Commitments to children”

It has three key statements:
Promote child protection through church communities: The church will do everything possible to keep children safe.

Promote meaningful participation by children and adolescents. The church will try very hard to make all decisions together with children when such decisions have something to do with children's lives. They also have to plan activities for children together with children.

Raise Church voices for intergenerational climate justice, supporting initiatives for and with children and adolescents: The church will organise activities with children to protect our planet and to deal with problems caused by climate change

For further information & details on this document - click here.

Download a film clip to show in church to explain these commitments 
 “Churches' Commitments to Children (a World Council of Churches initiative). 

 

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Join us on World Children’s Day – 20 November. 

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