11th principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Jun 2015

11th principle
Artwork by Pia Valentinis illustrating the 11th principle of The Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

The eleventh principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture states that:

"Children have the right to attend museums, theatres, libraries, cinemas and other cultural and performance venues together with their schoolmates.”

The artwork accompanying the principle was created by Italian illustrator and graphic novelist Pia Valentinis.

A graduate of the School of Arts of Udine, Valentinis has illustrated many books for children on a national and international level. She was awarded the XXI Andersen Prize for Best Illustrator, the most prestigious award in Italy for children's literature. Her most recent work is a graphic novel titled Ferriera.

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Exhibition of artwork accompanying the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture, at Hanager Arts Centre, March 2015 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

The 18 principles enumerated in the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture is a project created by a theatre company La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi from Bologna, Italy, with a group of educators and parents.

The Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture has been widely adopted by Italian and European institutions aiming at bringing arts to children, and in 2011 it was awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. La Baracca company -- that has been working with children and young people for over 30 years -- translated the 18 charter points into 27 languages, assigned Italian illustrators to produce images depicting each of the principles and turned the project into a book.

Soon after, the idea of an exhibition of the artwork was born and works accompanying the 18 principles are being displayed throughout the festivals dedicated to children across Europe.

The drawings have been brought to Egypt by AFCA for Arts and Culture with an exhibition held at Hanager Arts Centre paralleling the Hakawy Arts Festival that took place between 9 and 17 March, followed by a display at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria where Hakawy staged two performances on 18 and 19 March.

Check also:

1st principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture



2nd principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

3rd principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

4th principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

5th principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

6th principle of the Charter of Children's Rights to Arts and Culture 

7th principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

8th principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

9th principle of the Charter of Children's Right to Arts and Culture

10th principle of the Charter of Children's Right to Arts and Culture

Ahram Online -- the official media sponsor of AFCA's campaign on Children's Rights to Art and Culture -- will be posting each of the 18 principles with its accompanying artwork on weekly basis.   

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