Children’s Rights through Artwork project
Our Centre has taken up ‘Children’s Rights Artwork ‘as a rights based programme through its ‘Children’s Rights Centre’ for rural and urban children in and around Madurai, Tamilnadu, South India under the aegis of the Art Venture, Singapore This is an innovative programme for children in the age group 7-17, which aims at providing ways to learn, debate, raise awareness and foster activism about their rights to survival, protection, development, participation as enshrined in UN Convention on the rights of the child (1989) through artwork.
The children’s Right Artwork not only aims at building a holistic understanding of Child Rights and exploring areas of concern that affect children and their rights but also combining arts with a study of the UN convention on the rights of children as a way to promote children’s understanding of their legal status in society. The artwork includes folk dances, folk music and songs, drawing and painting, cartooning, children’s rights mural, floor arts, needlecrafts, lacework, writing contests and competitions, portrait and figure drawing and cartooning on computers etc, which develop art skills, improve self confidence and enhance creative and enjoyment in the arts and to know of their rights to childhood.
If focuses on creating an awareness among the children and the adults as well concerning various rights based issues namely education, peace, poverty, environment, discrimination, disability, child labour, armed conflicts, health, sexual exploitation, violence against children, media, children in conflict with law. Children will be provided with an opportunity to explore what ‘the best interests of the child’ mean in the UN Convention on the rights of the child through arts education and participation. They have a chance to express their attitude about their rights and to share and discuss their experiences with others.Within a span of three years the project will cover 15000 female and male children from 50 schools which are located in and around Madurai and its neighbouring villages.
As part of our Children’s rights through artwork initiative our organisation has organised a series of poster contests for school children in the age group of 5-17 in March 2008. As nearly as 370 school children from 47 schools from actively participated in the events.