Marching from the Palace Square to the No-Finish-Line in the Port
In the occasion of the closing of the 25th anniversary of the International Convention of Children’s Rights, a symbolic parade took place on Thursday, November 20 lead by HSH Prince Albert II and a cast of thousands! Among the distinguished personalities present were Monsignor Bernard Barsi, members of the government and sports personalities, among them famous tennis pro Novak Djokovic with Serguei Bubka representing Peace and Sport and many others.
The objective was to create public awareness of the plight of children worldwide. In arriving to the Palace Square you could see students holding high giant letters in red, spelling “Droits de l’Enfant” (Children’s Rights). All along the course till the No-Finish-Line in the Port, several theme activities made the participants seriously question children’s plight, with statements showing where their rights are not respected in many parts of the world. Students from the Music Academy, the Prince Rainier III Theater, the Art school and other school institutions in the Principality participated in the choreography, texts, songs and scenography, all perfectly well orchestrated by talented Emmanuelle Farineau Director of the Recreational Center Prince Albert II. A really moving scene was a chorus of children illuminated by students seating holding torches.
This fantastic popular event follows an initiative from Prince Albert II, and was organized by the National Education, Youth and Sports Department under the direction of Isabelle Bonnal, in partnership with the association “Children and The Future” and in collaboration with sportive and humanitarian associations, school teachers and staff. It was the work of a team of hundreds in the Principality, uniting with others around the world in the promotion of international togetherness and awareness among young people worldwide with the goal to improve children’s welfare.
The march closed with fireworks and the performance of the song “Vivants” (Living), composed in 2013 by the team of the Recreational Center Prince Albert II, with music composed by artists from the Jazz Academy and the Music and Theater Academy Prince Rainier III.
Fulfilling the promise made to children 25 years ago
By resolution of December 14, 1954 the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. That day would be dedicated to activities promoting the welfare of the children of the world. November 20 marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
It was a promise made to children 25 years ago, that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to live in peace, to learn and to grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. In spite of that promise many children have fallen further behind, and to reach those children we need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.
There is a lot to celebrate to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention, from decrease in infant mortality to increase in school enrollment, but this commemoration serves as an urgent reminder of how much is still undone as many children still do not enjoy their full rights as their peers.
“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. » UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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