Brave Kids and 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

2On November 20, 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child was created and signed by the UN General Assembly. Today the Brave Kids Team, the adults, we are happy to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention! Today, during this important celebration we want to share with you how Brave Kids Project commit to Convention on the Rights of the Child!

The Convention is made of 54 articles and aims to ensure that the Rights of the Child are respected by all the signing States Parties. In particular, the Convention wants to make sure that all children, no matter their “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, disability, birth or other status” are respected and protected according to the rights defined in the Convention.

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Article 29 states that all States Parties should foster the education of the children to “the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential”. Article 31 focuses on the artistic life of the child, where “States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts”. Moreover, “States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity”.

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While the Convention on the Rights of the Child turns thirty today, the Brave Kids Project has turned ten years old this year. We are extremely happy to celebrate not just one, but two anniversaries this year!

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The Brave Kids Project is a project for kids and its uniqueness is visible in so many ways. International children are involved to take part in the Project, with absolutely no discrimination at all. The Project is open to everybody! Children with different backgrounds and different religions sit at the same dining table, after rehearsing, and they create a unique, inclusive atmosphere. Everybody is always welcome. Children have a direct part in the creative part of the Project too: through the exclusive method kids teach kids, they help each other in understanding and learning parts of their choreographies to work on the creation of a common performance. Creativity is always guaranteed! And it is the number one ingredient to a successful empowerment of our kids’ abilities. The Project is a safe space too, where the kids can express their curiosity by learning some words in a foreign language or even in the Polish sign language, where they can embrace cultural differences and see them as a potential to establish new relationship in the future. There are no barriers in our Project, and we are proud to commit to Convention on the Rights of the Child!

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Text and photo: Silvia Travasoni

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