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WCC’s engagement for children

The World Council of Churches is working to improve children's well-being through a variety of projects at local, national and global levels. Being present – and often the gathering point – in rural and urban communities, churches have a unique position to influence society at all levels, from parents and school teachers to decision-makers in public and private sectors.

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WCC to ring with children’s voices across the world

WCC to ring with children’s voices across the world

The voices of young people will ring through the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 November as part of global celebrations for World Children’s Day linked to other events involving the World Council of Churches (WCC) in different places.

Archbishop Antje Jackelén opens ACT Assembly in Uppsala

Archbishop Antje Jackelén opens ACT Assembly in Uppsala

Archbishop Antje Jackelén, primate of the Church of Sweden, opened the ACT Assembly on 28 October in Uppsala with a sermon reflecting on the theme of the assembly, “Hope in action – putting people first.”

Being “Holy common” focus of Oslo youth conference

Being “Holy common” focus of Oslo youth conference

Last week, around 500 youth workers and leaders from churches all over Norway gathered outside Oslo for a youth and faith conference to learn and to share knowledge and visions on Christian youth work.

Faith groups take steps towards joint commitment for children on the move

Faith groups take steps towards joint commitment for children on the move

Joint commitment and action for children on the move were at the heart of discussions as representatives of religious communities and faith-based organizations gathered in Rome on 16-18 October.

Children on the Move forum gathers in Rome

Children on the Move forum gathers in Rome

Religious leaders from across the globe gather in Rome on 16-18 October, to address the situation of children on the move.

Blessed school starts for kids in Finland

Blessed school starts for kids in Finland

Nowadays, children in Finland are offered blessings by their parishes in the beginning of each semester. The blessings take place in the local church, usually in connection with evening mass, but sometimes also during regular school hours.

Online poll seeks students’ thoughts on how to be safe in school

Online poll seeks students’ thoughts on how to be safe in school

A new report, “An Everyday Lesson: #ENDviolence in Schools,” shows that half of the world’s teenagers experience peer violence in and around school. Violence in schools – from bullying to beatings to targeted attacks – is common enough to feel inevitable. But it’s not. It’s preventable.

Cinema as a space for encounter and expression for children and youth in Argentina

Cinema as a space for encounter and expression for children and youth in Argentina

One of the most active groups of "La Casona", a care center in the southern part of Buenos Aires, is the “Centro de Producción Audiovisual”, which is formed by eight young people of ages 16-22 who found in the cinema and audiovisual production a tool to express their feelings about the challenging reality around them. Last August, they received a visit by a group led by Frederique Seidel, World Council of Churches (WCC) special adviser on Child Rights.

Churches denounce increasing violence against children in Argentina

Churches denounce increasing violence against children in Argentina

Churches, civil society organisations and almost 100 children and adolescents - many of whom experience poverty and violence daily - attended a consultation on 11 August organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the town of Pilar, north of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In Uruguay, hope glimmers for children despite violence in Barrio Borro

In Uruguay, hope glimmers for children despite violence in Barrio Borro

“What?! You are going to the Barrio Borro? Sorry, I can’t drive you there, and no other taxi driver will do that for you. It is too dangerous to go there.” These were the reactions Frederique Seidel heard when she revealed her intention to visit the Obra Ecuménica Barrio Borro, in Uruguay.