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TASHKENT, 27 August 2014 - Until what age is a child considered a child? If an adolescent wants to work from the age of 14, is that okay? What is the difference between the Rights of the Child and Human Rights in general?
These were some of the questions posed by inquisitive children and adolescents to UNICEF Uzbekistan staff, during a visit to the ‘West Camp’ children’s summer camp in the mountains in the Tashkent region. The visit by three UNICEF staff took place on the Friday the 22nd of August, and involved interactive games and activities that explained the importance of the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the significance of the convention’s 25th Anniversary.
“The enthusiasm and engagement of the participating young people was incredible – they wanted to learn as much as they could about their rights, and they asked more questions than we could answer,” said communications assistant Kamola Mamurova who led the UNICEF team. “The younger campers took part in field games that helped demonstrate the importance of teamwork and cooperation, and played card-matching games that identified key Rights of the Child."
“Meanwhile older participants studied the information we provided, and discussed the meaning and importance of each Right of the Child. They led theatrical performances and group dialogues that explored the importance of their rights, and how children can help their families and communities to uphold them.”
140 children participated in the event, aged between 7 and 14 years. Particularly active campers were awarded with CRC-related merchandise, while every participant received a CRC booklet. The UNICEF Uzbekistan team is particularly thankful for office driver Akhror Tulyaganov, who went above the call of duty to help out at the visit!