Network for Children's Rights
Little has been done to implement the Convention on Children’s Rights effectively. The project aims to use film to teach children aged 13-18 its practical importance in everyday life. The objectives are to empower children to express themselves, to cultivate skills related to art and media -creative writing, observation, critical thinking- and to encourage peer learning, through workshops where teenagers choose the rights that they will develop into a film, in cooperation with a screenwriter.
Teenagers will take the stage to discuss, research and promote the Rights that are intrinsic in their everyday life; rights which have either been respected and have led to a success in their life, or rights that have not, and resulted into a challenge. This methodology will be widely disseminated.
32 workshops conducted on developing rights based films, 400 teenager participants, and a minimum of 6 films, with at least 5000 viewers. The methodology will be drafted in an educational package, translated into FR, ENG, SP and GER and disseminated to schools and Civil Society actors in Europe.
Workshops will be held on a weekly basis in order to introduce participants to the Convention on Children’s rights; allow teenagers to brainstorm, express themselves, exchange best practices, ideas and stories, research, interview and finally write their scenarios; offer participants the competences and knowledge to make the small films. Based on their interest, they could be actors, producers, filmmakers or technicians. This methodology will also be translated and widely disseminated.
Working in the field of human rights for ten years, my belief is that should children have knowledge of their rights and how to claim them, will produce active, curious citizens creating and demanding a fair and inclusive future, particularly in the context of a deep economic and refugee crisis.
Teenagers are at the centre of the Project, as well as the greater public, who must increase their knowledge of the provisions in the Convention of the Rights of the Child, in order to create a healthier and more just society. The idea is under the auspice of the Network for Children’s Rights.
I would like to receive advice and feedback on the challenges and obstacles that other persons have gained in the implementation of similar projects, as well as on whether our vision has been well expressed and outlined on Advocate Europe.