Round table under the title „A child is a gift, not a commodity.“
Since its inception, Luč pre Dieťa has dealt with unauthorized removals of Slovak children abroad. Our organization has been helping families in difficult life situations for a long time, such as domestic violence, children removed from their families. I am of the opinion that every child has the right to grow up in his country, in his culture in his native language. Due to my rich experience, in cooperation with the Children’s Commissariat, I invited the institutions to a joint meeting at the round table.
The Commissioner deals not only with the rights of children located on the territory of the Slovak Republic, but with all Slovak children. This also means children from families who went abroad, but kept their Slovak citizenship. Last year, our authorities provided cooperation in 128 new cases of removal of minor children from Slovak families. This is still an alarmingly high number. We must pay attention to preventive measures, especially the education of Slovaks living abroad, as well as those who are still planning to leave, so that they perceive the legislative differences of individual countries.
A strong topic that is focused on lost, or in the best case, taken away Slovak children in the social system of the countries of the current and former monarchy, or the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, simply countries where there are a large number of expatriates who live in these areas. The participants of the meeting were representatives of concerned institutions such as CIPC, UKPD, MFA SR, well-known child psychiatrist MUDr. Terézia Rosenbergerová and Iveta Galbavá, where the consular workers themselves, who had the opportunity to join the discussion online, also talked about specific cases in the given areas. As an organizer and long-time campaigner for the return of Slovak children taken abroad, Dagmar Szabó, a Slovak living in England, chairperson and founder of Lúča pre Dieťa, I pointed out specific shortcomings in the legislation, while realistically presenting how the entire process of child removal will take place in England. In many cases, withdrawals are banality from the point of view of our culture. Therefore, it is very important to know the systems of the countries in which we decide to start a family. Each country has its own system. And what powers do we have and what should we do in such a case first, all of that took place today at the Children’s Commissioner’s floor. Please address this issue, because our children can never become the object of trade…
We started the new year with a smile. Our students enjoyed it and did not forget to set resolutions. we believe and keep our fingers crossed for them to fulfill their commitment. We are looking forward to the next meeting. We believe that together we will learn something new and have fun at the same time.
Founder Dagmar Szabó, chairman of the non-profit organization Sunray for children
Family is the most important thing in my life. Children are the only thing that will remain with us forever. I have lived actively all my life and that has remained with me to this day. I cannot stand idly by as innocent children are humiliated and abused. Years ago, I felt what powerlessness is when it comes to family life abroad. I founded A Ray for sunshine for a Child in Great Britain in 2016 based on my own experience. I transformed this organization into the Sunray for Children charity. This experience moved me in a new direction in life. I founded the non-profit organization Luč pre Dieťa in 2015 in Slovakia, thus fulfilling my wish to help vulnerable, humiliated, abused, abused children and fight for their rights.
Since then, I’ve been following a few ideas of my own, such as: Never give up… there is always a way!A child is a GIFT, not a commodity!
Mikuláš navštívil aj našu Školu hrou v – Klobúčik-Taunton UK.
Bolo to radosti a veselosti. Náš detský Mikuláš mal aj svojich pomocníkov anjelika a nezbedného čertíka. Darčeky deťom urobili radosť, klobúčikovské perníky chutili ani omrvinky neostali. Balónové vianočné ozdoby detičky potešili.
Komisia pre školstvo a vzdelávanie ÚSŽZ – Sekcia pre západnú Európu a zámorie“ met in Bratislava on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, the 8th meeting of the School Commission.
According to information from ISEIA, 1075 pupils are currently educated full-time in these centers, of which 332 children are in pre-school age, 503 are pupils in the 1st grade and 280 are pupils in the second grade of education according to Slovak system. The number of teachers in these centers is 204, of which 120 are qualified teachers with a specialised degree. 257 pupils receove the online education in these centres.
The meeting was chaired by Peter Prochácka, a Vice-President of „Úrad pre Slovákov žijúcich v zahraničí“(The Office for Slovaks Living Abroad).
Firstly he handed over the appointment decree to this section president, Jarmila Buchová from Munich, who also serves as the president of the ISEIA Association of Educational Centers (detailed information about ISEIA’s activities and projects can be seen on the www.iseia.eu‚s website).
I congratulate in this way to the Section president Jarmila Buchova and I wish her every success.
I would like to thank the coordinators of the meeting for the opportunity to attend this session, to present my school „Klobúčik – Taunton UK – Škola Hrou“.