By Manfred Liebel

ISBN-10: 1842773488

ISBN-13: 9781842773482

ISBN-10: 1848131755

ISBN-13: 9781848131750

Kid's paintings is at the elevate in all components of the realm, together with the prosperous nations of Europe and North the United States, and is heavily associated with the strategies of globalization. it might tackle extensively differing types and will damage little ones, but in addition profit them. This book's strategy is specified: it endeavors to appreciate operating youngsters, and their methods of dwelling and appearing, from their very own point of view. it really is attracted to the kid's personal studies and hopes, in particular their makes an attempt to talk out in public and to struggle jointly opposed to exploitation and discrimination. It indicates that kids usually see and assessment their paintings another way from adults, and that measures directed opposed to kid's paintings usually are not consistently within the pursuits of the kids. It argues for a brand new, subject-oriented strategy in facing kid's paintings, which takes account of socio-cultural contexts, either in concept and perform.

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If this is the case, then it is also more likely that the children’s organizations will find support from adults, especially from NGOs. In some countries the children’s organizations are explicitly acknowledged by governments, local administrations and social organizations as representatives of the working children and as partners for negotiation. In Nicaragua some agreements with the health ministry and the national police have been successfully arrived at which above all benefited working children in the streets.

To some extent, these rights are rephrased and adapted to their own situation, and to some extent they are supplemented by further rights. An example of this is                          |  the ‘12 rights’ formulated jointly by African children’s organizations in 1994, whose realization is examined at yearly meetings: • • • • • • • • • • • • the right to vocational training in order to learn a trade; the right to stay in the village and not move away; the right to carry out our activities safely; the right to access to justice; the right to sick leave; the right to be respected; the right to be listened to; the right to light and limited types of work, adapted to our ages and abilities; the right to healthcare; the right to learn to read and write; the right to have fun and to play; the right to express ourselves and organize ourselves.

Many of these children migrate to the cities and try to make a living in the streets. 7 However, under the impact of the rapidly growing number of children who are earning their own living and thus taking on an important position in society, the need for and functions of interest groups representing the children themselves are being rethought. For instance, during the ‘1999 World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People: Listen, Learn, Live – Key Issues and Ideas for Action’, UNAIDS concluded that it is necessary ‘to have young people represented in the governing bodies of various organisations such as NGOs for the combating of AIDS or youth promotion organisations … to bring out the perspective of young people in these groups’.

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