Celebration of the children’s rights convention

An Overview

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that sets out universally accepted rights for children. It is a benchmark against which a nation’s treatment of its children can be measured. It brings together in one comprehensive code the benefits and protection for children hitherto scattered in a variety of other agreements, including the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted in 1959. The UN Convention also affirms that human rights contained in other treaties apply equally to children.

As a result it is leading many nations to address elements of children’s lives that have hitherto been ignored but that represent our fundamental humanity. One of these – at the heart of children’s lives everywhere – is the right to play.

Especially, we want to point out Article 31, which is important for children and youth:

-Children must have space and time for play, recreation and relaxing;

-Playing helps children to stay safe, healthy and happy;

-“That every child has the right 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”;

– ”Promotion the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

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Primary school pupils take the stage for poetry evening

According to Article 31 from the Convention of the Rights of children, Association ”DUGA” was organized various workshops for pupils in three primary schools.

In Catholic school was organized ”Poetry evening”. Pupils in cooperation with teachers of Bosnian and foreign languages (English and French) selected poems of famous poets such as Jacques Prevert, William Shakespeare, Dobriša Cesarić, Antun Gustav Matoš etc. Reading the verses in Bosnian, English and French, united beauty of three different literature. The words were mixed with music, drawing for audience. With sounds of guitar, students introduced themselves with their own compositions, reading them also in three different languages and showed their creativity and originality.

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Pupils from elementary school ‘’Aleksa Šantić’’ participated in a creative workshop, where they had writing essay on topic ‘’My leisure time’’. The most of pupils prefer to spend their free time outdoors, because leisure time is always precious, and people want to use it to the fullest. They enjoy to spent leisure time with their family and friends. For them, it is more intresting and relaxing than staying indoors. Being outdoors give them the opportunity to see new sights, try new things, and meet new people. Pupils also enjoy to spent their free time for resting, recreation and entertainment,  reading books, playing sport, listening music, walking, going to cinema etc.

In elementary school ‘’Džemaludin Čaušević’’ was organized creative workshop, where pupils were divided into four groups and each group had its own way expressed their view of free time. Creativity allows pupils to express and trust themselves. It builds a spirit of inquiry and exploration. Creativ work helping young people develop the personal and professional skills to meaningfully shape their futures for the better.

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In leisure time children can develop their creativity, skills, expand their knowledge and socialize in accordance with their interests, needs and desires.

Leisure time provides pupils the following:

  • the opportunity to develop and test their own skills,
  • exploring their own interests,
  • introducing yourself and others,
  • introducing and developing of their own needs.

The advantages and relevance of quality spending of leisure time and their impact on children includes:

  • Connection, broadening and deepening of knowledge (Leisure time can be a valuable factor of comprehensive development of children. It may encourage the process of acquiring of knowledge, psychophysical development of knowledge, skills (language and social skills) and habits acquired in the classroom and extra-curricular activities.
  • Adoption of new knowledge, skills and habits (During the summer holidays, introduced leisure activities, such as more frequent spending time in nature, reading books, educational games with peers, learning a new foreign language etc.).
  • Developing of interest in community work (developing interest in nature and the building up of ecological habits).
  • Empowerment for leisure activities that will serve the development of education, prevention of all types of addictions, health protection and advancement.
  • Empowerment for active participation in social life (development and empowerment of social network, providing better communication with peers).
  • Encourage children’s creativity (Encourage children to read for pleasure and participate in the arts. Limit TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like rehearsing a play, learning to draw, reading every book written by a favorite author).
  • Empowerment for communication, interaction and cooperation with others (The opportunity for social interactions with others is very important for the development of all children. Through social interactions, children begin to establish a sense of “self” and to learn what others expect of them. Although social interactions primarily occur within the family, as children grow and develop, they become more and more interested in playing and interacting with other children. When playing with others, children learn appropriate social behaviours, such as sharing, cooperating, and respecting the property of others).
  • Enabling of exploring other and different (Children should join with other children in their play, activities and discussion and on that way they exploring other children’s needs, wishes, knowledge, interests, skills and experiences).
  • Enabling of learning flexibility and tolerance (Through interaction and cooperation with other, children learning flexibility and tolerance).

Strengthening self-confidence and self-reliance (Children should spend more time in free play when they can explore their own ideas and think for themselves. Parents and teachers should encourage them to be  self-confidence and self-reliance.

DUGA team.