The District Committees for the Protection and Welfare of Children
The District Committees for the Protection and Welfare of Children were informally established during the International Youth Year (1979) with the main purpose to sensitize the public on children and youth issues.
By the end of 1979, a small number of involved individuals along with the State Welfare Office thought that these Committees should continue working towards finding solutions to children and youth issues and proposing measures to that end.
Since then, and till today, five District Committees exist: Nicosia/Kyrenia,
Since 1989 and with the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the Cyprus Government (1990), the District Committees set their primary goal to be the full implementation of the CRC mobilizing children themselves in broadly disseminating the CRC and its provisions on all levels.
The District Committees were formally established with Statutes in 1994 and at the same time they formed the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children (PCCPWC) in which they equally participate.
Besides the Pancyprian events annually organized under the name of the PCCPWC, the District Committees organize day events, seminars, student conferences and whatever else they think useful to mobilize and sensitize children and the general public - both in urban and in suburban areas – towards the full implementation of the CRC.