In 1954, United Nation General Assembly recommended that all countries institute the “Universal Children Day” to promote the welfare of the child and protect their basic rights without any discrimination. On 20th November the UN Assembly adopted the declaration of the rights of the child.
To commemorate this day, The Little Art organized the European Union’s National ChildRight Arts Festival 2011. The festival was an expression of celebration to respect and acknowledge the right of every child, locally and worldwide. The festival provided children from all walks of life an opportunity and a platform to express themselves, and celebrate the “Universal Child Rights Day” through the medium of arts.
The festival was held over four days in Islamabad that included theater and dance performances, puppet shows, an art exhibition and a seminar all themed on the convention on the rights of the child.
- Child Sexual and Mental Abuse
- Law against Violence and Exploitation
- Right of Basic Education
- Child Labor
- Child’s Right to express and develop creative skills for freedom
- Right of Identity
- Importance of Education
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Health and Hygiene
- To celebrate and acknowledge the Universal Children’s Day
- To provide an opportunity to children so that they can understand and be aware of their rights
- To inspire Pakistani children and youth to develop different art forms and express themselves to a larger audience To sensitize the community to respect children as individuals and condemn any discrimination against them
- To develop a sense of responsibility in public about child rights and mobilize for child protection
Total Number of Participating Schools: 36
Partner Organizations for Capacity Building Workshops: 2
Total Number of Participating Children as Artists: 1650
Participating Children/Youth as Performers: 79
Total Number of Audience: Nearly 3,000
The experience children, organizations and schools gained through the workshops and performance will be used to create theater beyond just the project’s festival.
A total number of 6 quality theater plays produced by children were presented.
The audience consisted on street children who came through shelter organizations, workers from the NGOs working with children, school children, families, education community and media/press.
The festival was covered by national level press and media channels, highlighting the issues of child protection and inclusiveness and equality for all children.
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