“If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” (Proverb)
About the Coalition
The National Coalition Deutschland works in collaboration with its member organisations to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Germany. With around 100 organisations from all over Germany, we form a community that is committed to upholding all rights to protection, provision and participation. We also remain in close dialogue with other German, European and international networks. The task of the National Coalition Deutschland is to steer and organise the collaboration.
Strengthening the civil society network
In various working groups, the members focus on specific issues and deepen their partnerships. The Education Network brings together organisations that work towards strengthening children’s rights in the German education system. The Refugee Network focuses on the protection of children and young people with a refugee background. Both these thematic networks meet regularly and jointly discuss developments in education and migration policy.
Monitoring the implementation of children’s rights
The results of the collaboration make a substantial contribution to the Supplementary Report on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Report, which deals with children’s rights in Germany, is published every five years. It is called a “supplementary” report because it comments and elaborates on the State Report of the Federal Government.
The Supplementary Report examines the way in which the Federal Government puts into practice the obligations arising from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through the Report, both progress and setbacks are made clear. Both reports together make up the reporting to the United Nations. In this way, the National Coalition Deutschland helps to recognise and identify problems and the need for action. Together, we make political decision-makers aware of what needs to be done in order to make children’s rights a reality.