Advisory body that channels the participation of children from schools and organizations in matters of municipal interest
A participatory committee is a group of members of an organization who meet periodically to make decisions about a specific area or scope of the organization.
Participatory committees hold meetings, some are private and some are open. If they are open, it is possible to participate in them (for example: attending if the capacity allows it, adding points to the agenda, or commenting on the proposals and decisions taken by this organ).
Examples: A general participatory committee (which meets once a year to define the organisation's main lines of action as well as its executive bodies by vote), an equality advisory council (which meets every two months to make proposals on how to improve gender relations in the organisation), an evaluation commission (which meets every month to monitor a process) or a guarantee body (which collects incidents, abuses or proposals to improve decision-making procedures) are all examples of participatory committees.
The Children’s Council channels the participation of children from schools and organizations in matters of municipal interest and as such has informative and deliberative powers to improve the processes of children’s participation in public life. Thus, this group will be able to exercise, as citizens of Torrelles, their right to participate, reflect, express their opinion, debate and make decisions, as well as propose concrete actions, in order to contribute to improving the its municipality.
The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989 marks the beginning of a new period for children, which is no longer considered solely subject to protection and charity in order to be recognized for their social prominence and their rights to participate in society. The Spanish state adopted the convention the following year and Catalonia adopted it with the approval of Resolution 194 / III, of March 7, 1991, on the rights of the child, in which it is proclaimed, among other issues, the best interests of the child and the need to make these rights known to the general public.
This new perception of what childhood is and its capabilities has been slowly but inexorably making its way into our norms, policies, plans and actions towards the group of minors. It is the recognition of the status of full citizens of children and adolescents. Their active participation in all areas of life is the first necessary step for them to assume their social responsibility and become an engine of social transformation.
Children are our future, we need to listen to them, to express their ideas, reflections, concerns and vision of our people, within a participatory and democratic process: the Children’s Council of Torrelles de Llobregat.
Purpose of action
The Children’s Council of Torrelles de Llobregat has the following general objectives:
1. Create a valid and stable structure for the participation of children, so that they can exercise their right to freedom of expression and communication between them and the municipal authorities.
2. To promote and dynamize the participation of the children of Torrelles de Llobregat, making possible their intervention in the debate on the subjects of the municipality where they live.
3. Bringing children closer to a culture of democracy and participation.
4. Encourage collective work for the common good.
5. To develop in children their critical, communicative, deliberative, creative, represented and teamwork capacity.
6. Raise public awareness of the importance of incorporating children’s gaze into the construction and improvement of their village.
The Children’s Council is structured into the following bodies: the Presidency, the Plenary and the Commission.
a) The Presidency will be formed by the mayor or councilor to whom he / she delegates
b) The Plenary will be formed by the President and the members of the Children’s Council:
- Political representation: the mayor as president, the councilors for Citizen Participation and Education, and a representative or delegate from each municipal group.
- Technical representation: Facilitator of the Children’s Council and a municipal technician (with voice, but without vote).
- Representation of children (councilor): a representative of each class of the 5th and 6th year courses of each municipal school, and a representative between 10 and 12 years of age from each entity in the municipality with the participation of children from this age group in their activities.
c) The Committee will be made up of all the directors, by the facilitator of the Children’s Council. Technical staff or specialists will also be convened at the meetings of the Commission, whenever deemed necessary, to deal with specific issues or to carry out specific studies, which will intervene with a voice but without a vote.