Hopes and Perspectives: Through the eyes of children
Nineteen teenagers from Niamey and regions came together in a UNICEF workshop to learn how to take photos and share the way they see their world
NIAMEY (Niger), November 17, 2018 – Ahead of World Children’s Day (November 20), nineteen teenagers from Niamey and regions came together in a UNICEF workshop to learn how to take photos and share the way they see their world.
Led by UNICEF photographer Giacomo Pirozzi, this workshop aims to encourage children’s expression and participation, to motivate them to express their opinions and concerns on topics and situations they experience within their communities and their families.
"The idea of the workshop is to let them express themselves through images," says Giacomo Pirozzi. "The children themselves sit and decide where to go to take photographs and what to picture”.
Before heading out to take pictures, the children spent two days studying photographic techniques, composition, direction and light. They learn how cameras work and how to process their images.
"I hope the photos I took will help raise awareness about the reality of children in Niger," said Nana Fathima, 16, participant from the region of Zinder.
"By seeing through the eyes of these children the world they have inherited today, we must feel the growing responsibility to respond to their demands. Because they are demanding a better future," said UNICEF Representative in Niger, Félicité Tchibindat.
The photos taken by children will be exhibited across the country in the first half of 2019, as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Participation rights include the right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association. Engaging these rights as they mature helps children bring about the realization of all their rights and prepares them for an active role in society.
In Niger, UNICEF is not alone in advocating for the rights of the child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child could rely on a wide range of organizations and individuals, including children themselves.
"The more they will be, the better will be the chance that the ideal described thirty years ago will become a reality for all future generations" concluded Mrs Tchibindat.