Defence for Children International Italia OdV is an independent organisation, part of the Defence for Children International movement based in Geneva, Switzerland.
It was founded in 2005 by Renzo Maffei e Pippo Costella who had worked together on a series of social cooperation projects in Italy and worldwide, and decided to start a new global challenge to research and promote socio-educational perspectives and opportunities to reaffirm the protagonism of young people in a youth culture based on the acknowledgement of their rights.
Defence for Children Italia (DCI) operates both autonomously and in cooperation with other associations, movements and institutions for the establishment of a new cultural model in order for young people to be recognised as citizens entitled to rights and able to actively participate in family, social, cultural and civil life. During the global meeting of the International Social Service (ISS), held in Malta in May 2018, DCI also became an official member of the network, which includes over 120 countries around the world.
The movement considers the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a systemic and comprehensive platform which can help to redefine the approach towards children and the relationship between adults and young people. Despite its juridical and technical nature, the CRC acts as a dynamic platform to interact with and change disciplines, mandates and cultural assets. In other words, through its principles and provisions, it is possible to conceive an innovative and more ecological cultural that includes not only young people but society as a whole.
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