Mauren receives UNICEF label «Child-friendly community»


UNICEF Schweiz und Liechtenstein

19.09.2022, Zurich/Mauren – Yesterday, the Liechtenstein municipality of Mauren was awarded the UNICEF label “Child-friendly municipality” for the first time. In the next four years, Mauren will focus in particular on strengthening early intervention and expanding the opportunities for children and young people to participate.


As part of today's family day, Claudia Fritsche, delegate from UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein, presented the Liechtenstein municipality of Mauren with the "Child-friendly municipality" award for the first time. “Being a child-friendly church means that the children and young people are at the center. They are protected, supported and allowed to participate in all areas of life. And that applies to all children, no matter who they are and where they come from, »said Claudia Frischte in her speech. In the last two years, a large number of people in Mauren have successfully gone through the various process steps leading to the label with tireless commitment. According to the UNICEF delegates, looking at the projects that have already been created shows that Mauren is serious about child-friendliness.

Early funding as a lighthouse project

Early learning is a particular concern of the municipality of Mauren. This is the needs-based, targeted and sustainable support of families in their upbringing and care tasks. Through early support, the children of pre-school age can develop optimally and equal opportunities with a view to starting school are thus guaranteed. Young families in particular and new members of the community will be informed extensively about the corresponding offers in the future. With the help of attractive flyers, which are adapted to the age groups of the children, families can be informed in the overview of the offers and support they can take advantage of for their children. The focus is also on networking between specialists in early support. At the state level, the area of early support has already been significantly strengthened in recent years. In this sense, the action plan of the municipality of Mauren can be described as a lighthouse project and it is to be hoped that it will serve as a model for other municipalities in Liechtenstein.

Participation opportunities in the foreground

In addition to early support, the action plan focuses on the participation of children and young people. In order to formulate and shape their medium and long-term concerns more concretely, the municipality offers workshops in the youth room that address their wishes and suggestions. The children and young people learn to formulate their needs clearly and to define appropriate measures, which are then included in the annual program of the municipality of Mauren. Even before the certification, the commitment of the community to letting the children and young people participate in different areas of life and helping to shape the community was evident. Especially in the context of youth coordination, their wishes are taken into account and it was possible, for example,

After Ruggell and Eschen, Mauren is the third municipality in Liechtenstein to receive the “Child-friendly municipality” label.

More information about the UNICEF Child Friendly Community initiative: www.kinderfreundegemeinde.ch


Contact:
UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Jürg Keim, media office
044 317 22 41
media@unicef.ch

Note: This article was translated from German to English by an online translator.

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