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.
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.
From The Press
Children rights festival: Children wow audience with art
By Mavra Bari
Highlighting plights of women, children
By Sehrish Ali / Mavra Bari
Child Art Exhibition
A National exhibition of selected art works created by children from across Pakistan, expressing how they see the world they live in, and their rights and responsibilities.
The Little Art curated an exhibition of arts works made by children and young people. The art works portrayed how children see the world they live in. As adults it is important to know the experiences children encounter in their lives, and understand it from their point of view. Through the visual arts exhibition in the festival, we gave children and young people an opportunity to creatively reach out to the community and make their voices heard.
The key areas that we set for exhibition this year were;
- Importance of Education
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Children and Society
- Health and Hygiene
Near 90 artworks by children and young people from 30 schools of different age groups were exhibited.
Let’s Live Happily
This puppet show addresses the issue of animal and human rights, to make children understand how we can make this world better through an interactive story of animals.
A wonderful blend of fairy tale around the issues of environment and rights, rightly made for children and young people of all ages.
Using puppet for education was started near 4,000 years ago in China, the art and tradition of puppetry has spread across the globe and has its own regional diversity and colors.
This puppet show is a co-production of The Little Art and Suneha, a puppet group based in Lahore.
Performed by: Street Children from SACH
The play highlighted issues and problems of all children, who have been maltreated by the society, while discouraging the socio-economic class differences among children.
Mardangi Ya Haywangi?
Performed by: Children and Youth from Acid Survivors Foundation
A play as a reflection of our society where women and girls are treated as an object which can be possessed and even traded. The play is a collection of real life stories of those women who have been a victim of the horrified acid-burn and other form of violence.
Butterfly The Metamorphosis
Performed by: ASAS International School, Islamabad
The core issue of the play is the atrocities of life which most of the children of the world are unfortunately facing now a days.
Performed by: Junior Section, The City School, Capital Campus Islamabad
The story of young boy who comes from a very marginalized background but do well in education, and eventually make it to reach to Harverd University. Upon his return to Pakistan, he makes school in his village.
Performed by: Schola Nova, Islamabad
An epic play, Anakali portrays a true picture of the Mughal Era. The selected portion to be story are performed with the beautiful and realistic set design and costumes.
Performed by: Schola Nova, Islamabad
Taleem-e-Balighaan by KhawajaMoeenUddin is a twenty minute comedy filler, highlighting the current socio political situation of our country.
Thematic Dance Performance
Uzma Ali Performs Kathak to highlight the struggle of women in life and challenging social situations.
Seminar on Child Rights and Media
Presentation and discussion sessions highlighting the key pressing issues of Child Rights and Media
Accompanied with the performances by children and youth from SACH and Acid Survivors Foundation, Islamabad.
“The State of Child Rights in Pakistan”
A presentation by Mr. Arshad Mahmood of Society For The Protection Of The Rights Of The Child (SPARC) on the state of child rights in Pakistan, engaging policy makers and general audience including parents, teachers, families and other community members.
“Children and Media”
How many opportunities in media do we have to engage children? What are the gaps to further improve children’s rights to entertainment and education?
A talk by Ms. Nigar Nazar of Gogi Studio
Performances by children and youth from SACH and Acid Survivors Foundation, Islamabad.
Sach, an organization that works with street children
Acid Survivors Foundation, a non-profit working to support acid victims
A glimpse of National ChilRight Arts Festival