24.11.2009 -

“Street Children Day” at UNESCO to mark child rights convention

Burkina Faso. A Dossui, Suzanne, armée d’un cardan de voiture, concasse les pierres tirées de puits artisanaux afin de trouver quelques poussières d’or. Aux alentours, la forêt est dévastée et le sol pollué par l’acide nitrique qu’utilisent les orpailleurs.

© François Perri

A day dedicated to street children will be held at UNESCO on 26 November to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The exhibition “Just Kids”, by photographer François Perri, is open until 10 December.

UNESCO and the Fondation Air France will host a seminar on street children presented by journalist Florence Schaal with principal speaker Irene Rizzini, Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and founding director of the International Center for Research and Policy on Children (CIESPI).

During the evening there will be the first presentation of a new prize established by Fondation Air France to be awarded to associations recognised for their work with children. The first such prize will be presented to Dr Xavier Emmanuelli, Foundng President of Samusocial International. 

The ceremony will be followed by a premiere showing of the documentary "Street Children" by Michel Bulté which explores the lives of children in Brazil, Romania, Senegal, Vietnam and France.

The exhibition “Just Kids”, by François Perri, featuring photos of children surviving in difficult circumstances around the world runs until December 10 at UNESCO headquarters (Salle Miro). A full colour book of the exhibition is available to buy with proceeds going to UNESCO projects dedicated to street children.

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