Erasmus+ teams have talked about children’s rights in media in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children

Maja Flego, adviser in Ombdusman office with our Erasmus+ teams

To take care of children and human rights is the obligation of all journalists and of course, that obligation applies to the journalists from children’s magazines – it was said to our Erasmus+ teams by Maja Flego, the advisor in Office of the Ombudsman for Children. We have visited the Office of the Ombudsman for Children on the second day of our exchange (22 October  2019), and there we were also welcomed by Ombudsperson Helenca Pirnat Dragičević.

Maja Flego and Ombudsperson Helenca Pirnat Dragičević

Adviser Flego talked about the field of work of their office in areas of protection of the children’s rights in media and she also gave us some real examples of the violation of the children’s rights in media. She told us that in the last year their office got 46 complaints about the violations of children’s rights in the media. The biggest number of complaints, 33 of them were connected to the violation of the rights to privacy and dignity of the child.

Flego recommended us to explore with our students the media legislation and regulation in our country and to find out how the protection of children’s privacy and the protection from harmful content is regulated. Flego also invited teachers to focus on digital citizenship competencies in their work with young journalists.

Time travel activity

In the afternoon our guests had a chance to experience and to get to know a better history of Zagreb in a way of time travel with the help of the newest technologies of extended and virtual reality. Tourist guides showed all participants how to use tablets as a time travel machine to revive past times and to see otherwise invisible urban legends and historical events from Zagreb. In that way the usual sightseeing of the town and listening to the guides become a real adventure. We have completed the tasks from the app and also took photos for the memory of our tour.

Biljana Vučković – member of Serbian team in The Croatian Museum of Naive Art

After a lunch break, we have visited The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art where we have learned more about naive as an art movement mostly connected to Hlebine, place in our Koprivničko-križevačka municipality. We have visited the exhibition of the most famous art pieces (glass art and sculptures) by Croatian naive artists Ivan and Josip Generalić, Ivan Večenaj, Ivan Lacković Croata, Ivan Rabuzin and other less known members of Hlebine school.

In Marija Jurić Zagorka apartment

As the main result of our Erasmus+ project is digital school newspaper we couldn’t leave out one of the most important persons of Croatian literature and the firs female political journalist in Croatia- Marija Jurić Zagorka.

The details from her private life and the facts from her journalist and literature work were presented in Zagorka’s apartment. Ana Zbiljski, the leader of Program Zagorka in Centar for female studies told us more about Zagorka’s life. We have completed our stay in Zagorka’s apartment with a short quiz about the life of this famous Croatian writer and journalist. From the quiz and the lecture we have found out that she was the one who organized first female demonstrations in Zagreb. It happened in 1903, and around 200 women protested against the regime of Károly Khuen-Héderváry. /Martina Sokač, Stojanka Lesički; translated by Vanja Vidaković; photo: Tijana Mamić, S.L./

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