The Network for Children’s Rights acquired non-profit organisation status in 2004, but actually began as an informal action group four years earlier with the aim of raising awareness of problems relating to the rights of children and interceding in order to solve them. It encourages initiatives and actions to ensure that the UN International Convention on the Rights of the Child is implemented in Greece, to guarantee respect for diversity and to put an end to discrimination. Its members are teachers, parents, university lecturers, authors, artists and children who work on a voluntary basis both within and outside the school community. They carry out surveys, campaigns and programmes.
The project ‘Young Journalists’ is part of the parallel action programme of the ‘Network for Children's Rights’ entitled ‘Points of contact’. The ‘Young Journalists’ project brings together adolescent boys and girls (aged 14-18 years old) from different nationalities in order to produce the multilingual newspaper ‘Migratory Birds’ as well the polyphonic radio shows of ‘Radio Dandelion’. The project aims to introduce refugee, migrant and Greek adolescents to the principles of journalism, give them an opportunity to tell their stories and promote intercultural dialogue.
The project started in 2016 by a group of teenage refugee girls, who decided to take matters into their own hands. It was time for the world to find out how tough life is for people living in reception centres for refugees and immigrants. Currently, the journalism team of the inquisitive adolescents consists of both boys and girls who come from a variety of countries, such as Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Greece. Adolescent boys and girls, aged 14–18 years old write articles, make recordings, take photographs, and produce their own unique content.
The project ‘The Young Journalists’ is a Network for Children’s Rights initiative, supported by UNICEF with funding by the European Commission - Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.