Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,
Our children will be forming tomorrow's society. If European cultural values are to continue evolving and not lose their inner content and purpose, we need to set an example and create value based opportunities for our children.
How ELIANT is dedicating itself to children and a society based on values.
On a European level ELIANT engages in conversation with the relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission to ensure that the well being of the child is taken into full account when political decisions are being taken. A network of larger organisations focussing on the needs of the child such as Eurochild, European Civil Society Platform on Life-long Learning, Alliance for Childhood and our own ELIANT affiliate the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), has developed strongly over the last year. A significant step in this process was taken during the conference on “Growing Together“ where teachers and other professionals worked together with children of various ages to find out what children really need.
Our prime concern is to create a link between the various Directorates-General of the European Commission and the Citizens Initiatives that are concerned with child well being. ELIANT seeks to build bridges between the two and so encourage the creation of a Europe inspired by ethical values.
What does the UN Convention say of childrens rights?
In Article 3.1 it states: “In all actions concerning children … the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration“. We want to support this and help ensure that these words translate into action! Giving children the time and space to develop and make their own experiences is key to this.
You can help ELIANT achieve these goals
Conversations with the appropriate Directorates-General of the European Commission in the way described above are time consuming and require a lot of preparation. And this means work, time and money.
We are grateful for any help you can give and welcome all donations however small!
With warm greetings
(for the ELIANT Carrying group)
Dr. Michaela Glöckler