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Animation on the «Rights of Children»



FMSI participates in the cultural week organised by «L’Istituto San Leone Magno» in Rome

31/03/2010: Italy - Photo gallery

On 17, 18 and 19 March, «L’Istituto Marista San Leone Magno» of Rome held a cultural week on the theme, «Children’s Rights». The «Cultural Week» is an initiative promoted each year by the Association of the Former Students of San Leone Magno, in collaboration with the school’s Director Bro. Mario Meuti and teachers. It is planned for different activities involving the students, their parents, other organizations, and personalities of the world of culture and spectacle.

This year it was the Fondazione Marista per la Solidarietà Internazionale (FMSI) which animated the week. The team coordinated by Angela Petenzi could count on the valuable collaboration of the Brothers Agustin Acevedo, Marcelo de Brito, George Fontana, Daniel Martin, Juan Miguel Anaya, Juan Carlos Villareal and Dorotea Cinanni and Lucia Distefano of the General House.

Special participants in the activities were Bro. Jim Jolley in charge of FMSI Geneva office and Bro. Richard Carey, President of FMSI.

Games were organized, as well as reflections and activities for age groups, on the theme of «Children’s Rights ».

During these days we wanted to present the work of defense and formation on the Rights of Children which the FMSI carries out through its office in Geneva.

Br. Jim Jolley, spoke with the students about the Convention on the Rights of Children and the involvement of the FMSI, as representing the Marist Congregation with the United Nations, in defense of those rights.
Br. Jim then presented to the boys and girls some concrete projects which the Marist Brothers are carrying out in the world to guarantee to the least favored children and young people access to better conditions of life and education.

The excellent young actors’ group of « Teatro 7 » also took part in the animation of the week. They prepared, with the children and young people, some sketches using different theatrical techniques, such as choreography and mime, the «complain choir» (protest songs), etc. The week ended with a show in which the pupils acted out sketches recalling the principal rights prescribed by the Convention. But this was not the only artistic performance of the pupils. There remain as traces of the work achieved, drawings, mural paintings, posters featuring important phrases on their ideas about the Rights of Children.

The work will now be followed up in the classes, and they are already thinking about new courses to conduct together on the subject of the solidarity and development.

To have the scheme of the activities proposed and the supplementary documentation, one can get in touch with the FMSI, at the following address: solidar@fms.it

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