CRC@25 Activities Kick Off With Amazing Race and Banner Design
SUVA, 20 August 2014 – Children and young people were part of the Amazing Race Competition and Banner Design Activity which kicked off celebrations in Fiji for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The event was held yesterday as part of the Hibiscus Carnival festivities.
UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative, Ms. Isabelle Austin said “This was a wonderful opportunity to get children and young people from the age of three to twenty five together to join us in one of many celebrations across the Pacific for 25 years of the CRC. The interest and enthusiasm at the event was a good indication of how the participants and the volunteers felt.”
24 teams took part in the Amazing Race Competition while about 40 children got creative with the Banner Design Activity and completed eight banners, each based on a right of child such as the right to education and the right to health.
Following the same concept of the American reality television show, The Amazing Race, the competition was played by teams made up of four people between the ages of 8 – 25 years old. Teams visited several places that relate to a child’s right such as Births, Deaths and Marriages at Suvavou house (right to a name and nationality/ birth registration) and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited (right to information) where they took part in an activity and collected their next clue. To ensure the competition was fair to all, the clues were tailored to suit age categories of those from 8-12, 13-17, and 18-25 year olds.
UNICEF is also supporting Kindy@ the Park – an early childhood, care and education initiative for children from three to five years old at Hibiscus.
Ms Austin said “These activities are just part of what we have planned to take place throughout 2014, concluding with an event in November 2014 to commemorate the main anniversary of the CRC.”
She added that “We will continue to invite participation in particular from children and young people as we celebrate 25 years of this human rights treaty which sets out civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.”
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