Child-friendly Denia

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Child-friendly Denia
CHILDHOOD: At the centre of Denia’s municipal policies Photo credit: Denia town hall

DENIA is now officially classed as a child-friendly municipality.

The status was confirmed by the Permanent Secretariat for the Child-friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) composed of representatives from Spain’s Ministry of Social Rights, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) as well as the Institute of Needs and Rights of Children and Adolescents (IUNDIA) and UNICEF.

To belong to the network of Child-friendly Municipalities, it is necessary to have a Children’s and Adolescents’ Council, which in Denia’s case was created in December 2019.

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Child-friendly municipalities are also required to have a Childhood and Adolescence Plan committed to providing an environment that contributes to their development with quality social services, enabling them to experience inclusive and participatory education while placing childhood at the centre of municipal policies.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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