UNESCO gets the Big Picture
A group of 8- and 9-year-old pupils from the Ecole Pierre-Girard primary school in Paris took their first steps in UNESCO on 25 May when they handed Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, a series of children’s drawings as part of the 2012 « Big Picture » operation of the Global Action Week on Education for All.
Standing by the big yellow school bus which had brought a selection of children’s drawings, paintings and pictures from all over the world, the children also asked the Director-General to intervene with Heads of State all over the world to ensure universal education, and shared in turn their dreams of the future: to become a journalist, a business executive, a top sports star or a researcher.
The Big Picture was launched during the 2012 Global Action Week (22-28 April), which focused on early childhood care and education. The organizers, the Global Campaign for Education, subsequently collected thousands of children’s drawings and paintings from all over the world, representing children’s hopes for education and their future.
« These drawings show the children’s commitment to the right to education. They reflect their desire to learn and their hope of a better life thanks to education. They show us that the children of the world, in spite of their differences, share the same dreams, » said Ms Bokova as she inaugurated an exhibition of selected images from 40 countries, along with Monique Fouilhoux, Chairperson of the the Global Campaign for Education. Ms Fouilhoux took the floor, followed by the children.
The Director-General pointed out that, through their artwork, the children were sending the message that in spite of progress, obstacles remained to achieving the Education for All goals, particularly in the area of early childhood.
The event was organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Global Campaign for Education and the French NGO Solidarité Laïque in the framework of Global Action Week 2012.
The Big Picture exhibition will be held at UNESCO headquarters until 11 June 2012. It is hoped it will mobilize support from the general public and policymakers for early childhood care and education.
Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the GCE to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All. UNESCO actively supports the campaign by organizing activities at global, regional and national levels and by mobilizing networks and encouraging Ministers of Education and all EFA partners to participate.