|Children's Voices: Raising Awareness about the Rights of Children and War
October 7, 2002
RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND WAR
Montreal, October 7th 2002- The Youth Institute of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts is presenting a unique theatre-based education pilot project for 5th to 8th Grade students called Children’s Voices : Raising Awareness about the rights of children and war, which raises awareness about the rights of children and war – this project is created BY and FOR youth.
Under the professional guidance of stage director Andrea Boyd, students from 11 to 18 years of age prepared this theatre performance, the young actors convey the experiences and reactions of children who have lived through armed conflicts or war in a dynamic, original presentation.
The 2002 edition of Childen’s Voices : Raising Awareness about the rights of children and war brings together the extensive resources of the Youth Institute of the Saidye Bronfman Centre in partnership with Pamela Teitelbaum and Jackie Kirk, specialized professionals in the field of international child rights, education development, and armed conflict. This play will be accompanied by the original music of Rob Denton.
Children’s Voices incorporates education and arts-based workshops held in the participating classrooms prior to and after the theatre performance. During the workshops, the students will learn about the three main themes ; children’s rights, war or armed conflicts, and active youth participation. Following the performance of Children’s Voices, the post-theatre workshops will utilise the performing and visual arts as a tool providing the young students with an opportunity to express their views and reactions following the theatre performance, encompassing the thematic issues they have learned throughout the project.
This unique pilot project was developed to both inform young students and the public about the expereinces children face during war and armed conflicts, and to support them in taking positive actions in global issues, sharing knowledge with others, and using the arts as a basis for communication.
This project is supported by Les Fonds Jeunesse Québec, which facilitated the hiring of 5 interns; university students in the fields of literature, education, theatre, and communications.
Public Performance of Children’s Voices:
Wednesday October 23rd 2002, 8:00PM
Théâtre Leanor and Alvin SegalTheatre
Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts
5170 Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine
Please reserve - space is very limited
Contact: Lavinia Botez
Public Relations Coordinator for Children’s Voices