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Mario kicks off again!


Budapest, February 11-13. The second phase (2013-2015) of the project Mario was successfully launched with a 3-day methodology meeting aimed at designing the tools and methodologies that will be used in all research and child participation activities throughout the three years of the project.
The second phase of the project Mario will allow partners to work jointly for the benefit of children on the move in and/or coming from Central and South Eastern Europe and will implement activities in 16 countries with 19 different partners. It will also develop its network and cover all Central and South Eastern European countries thereby trying to influence governments in the region to provide adequate services to children on the move. This phase of the project is being co-funded by the European Union’s Daphne III. program as well as by Oak Foundation.
The ambitious aim of the project is to ensure that services which protect children on the move in Central and South Eastern Europe from abuse, exploitation or other violations of their rights are provided and reflect their actual needs based on their views.
To achieve this aim, partners will undertake research at national and transnational level in order to document the reasons that make children on the move vulnerable to abuse and exploitation before as well as during their movement, and provide direct support and capacity services to children and authorities supposed to protect them.
The three-day meeting in Budapest set the basis of all this work and discussed what and most importantly how research and child consultation processes will be put in motion as early as next month. With the help of a consultant, two different research logical frameworks will be designed for national situational analyses and transnational observation reports respectively, and specific child consultation methods were approved and will be implemented harmoniously in the countries where the project will operate.
Partners have privileged the set up of child consultation boards in 5 countries as a way of involving children in the design and implementation of activities. Children on the move will therefore gather and through open group discussions and semi structured individual discussions will provide their views directly into the project. The project Mario is currently co-funded by the Daphne programme of the European Union. (PC)