“Pandora’s Box” is a regional project with the holder of the Novi Sad School of Journalism, a parallel is taking place in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary. The project is financially supported by the European Commission – Directorate General for Enlargement, and activities in Serbia and is financially supported by the Open Society Institute.
The international project of the Novi Sad School of Journalism is managed by its partners: Media Initiatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stina Institute from Croatia and Center for Independent Journalists from Hungary.
The goal of this project is to generate a cooperation between child protection, educational and media organizations and experts to fight against the sexual abuse of children in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia.
Education on the Children’s Internet Protection is one of the most important “Pandora’s box” project activities. During this activity, project team will visit forty schools in Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and teach pupils, aged ten to fifteen years on Internet security.
The first network to fight pedophilia in Southeast Europe – “Pandora’s Box”
DECLARATION ON COOPERATION
In the spirit of previous good international cooperation between our organizations, with the optimistic number of new organizations to join us, we have agreed on the following:
1. To found the first network to fight pedophilia in Southeast Europe “Pandora’s Box”
Network’s base is consisted of the organizations in four countries: Novi Sad School of Journalism from Novi Sad, Media Initiatives from Sarajevo, Stine Institute from Split and the Association of Independent Journalists, Budapest. The project has been supported by European Commission, DG Enlargement.
2. Our main goal is fight against pedophilia
We can not arrest anyone, we can not judge anyone, we will not put anyone on the wall of shame. We will inform the public about the problem of pedophilia, educate students and teachers and offer concrete solutions to our governments.
3. In order to begin with our work, we need accurate information
Complete data on cases of pedophilia does not exist in any of the countries in which the project “The Pandora’s box” will be implemented, nor do we know about the number of legal processes that might be in progress. Our Associates: centers for social welfare, journalists’ associations and associations of teachers, will do the research, each in its field, in order to get accurate information about the problems that we face in the future.
4. We will offer an Action Plan to our governments
Experts who deal with pedophilia, will write an Action Plan for each state, which will be integrated in the action plan of the “Pandora’s box”. The plan will be offered to the relevant ministries and organizations concerned with the children safety.
5. We will inform the public on the problem of pedophilia
Throughout all project activities, our journalists will introduce the public with the goals and aims of our organizations involved in the project. We will include as many local media as possible, since their audience is one of our main target groups.
6. We will educate students and teachers
Schools do not pay enough attention to education on pedophilia. Our associates, experts will visit schools and will educate children and their teachers on children safety.
7. We will cooperate in the spirit of partnership
Every organization has the right to offer a better idea. We strive towards a common goal, and this requires openess and absence of vanity in every aspect of our cooperation. Relations are regulated by contract.
8. We will exchange information
All information will be available on the website www.pandorasbox.rs Each organization will be in charge of the part of the website dedicated to its country of origin, however all the information will always be available for everyones use.
9. We have long-term aids
Network “Pandora’s Box” is the first step in the fight against pedophilia. As we dig deeper in the issues of this topic, we will broaden our horizons, gain new ideas and thus enhance the impact of our network. The network is open, and anyone who is interested in helping us achive our goal, is welcome to join us.
In Budapest, 26th March 2011
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
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