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Giving form to the rights of the child – Festival of Clay Toys
On the 17th of October, dozens of children from local kindergartens and preschools arrived at the bright courtyard garden of the Rakhimov’s Studio of Ceramics in Tashkent. They enjoyed a comedic performance by a national actor and puppetry performance, but the fun started when lumps of clay were passed around.
Organized by UNICEF and national artist AlisherRakhimovin celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with a focus on the right to play and develop, Tashkent’s first ‘Festival of Clay Toys’ took place from the 17th to the 19th of October.
Following a brief introduction to the
«Creation is very important because it will help children in their future life, no matter what they chose to do." Mr. Rakhimov said. «Working with clay at this festival will help them expand their intellectual potential, and at the same time feel the art which is around them.»
At the three day event, the participating children received guidance from ceramic artists who visited from the Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent regions, educated on basic skills in using clay, but were then given free rein to experiment and tap into their creativity. The planned outcome of this event was to give children an opportunity, through artistic expression, to become more aware of their rights and confident in expressing their views and opinions.
«All children like to do something with their hands, and they are very proud of the product that they have produced and made," said GauharKadirova, teacher at kindergarten number #468.«It is important for children to know they can do something, and show and present it.»
In addition to learning the basics of making ceramics, participants at the event also received
«Empowering children to realize their rights, including the right to development and play, is a key part of UNICEF’s mission globally and in Uzbekistan," said Berina
To follow from this festival a special Child Rights exhibition will take place in November 2014, which will feature finished items made by participating children.
Please visit the UNICEF Uzbekistan Facebook page to see more photographs of this festival, and the global UNICEF website to learn more about the CRC@25.