On the first of June this year, 200 people gathered in the community of Ansong in the Province of Prey Veng celebrating their first ever International Children’s Rights Day. The event, planned out by the local youth club with support from project team, was organised in order to inform parents, children, local authorities and the whole community about the fundamental rights of children to education and protection in Cambodia.
To inform the audience, including parents, children, local authorities and community council members, the event was kicked off by the local school director reading out the UN Children’s Rights Charta. This was followed by a long march through town showing banners and informing people about children’s rights and demanding to stop all abuses and violence against children. Also, the members of the youth club prepared a performance about children’s rights.
« I am very proud to be part of this event, since it gives the people of my village the possibility to understand that all children deserve their rights” said Kunthy, the representative of the youth club. “Adults have to understand about children’s rights to ensure them a safe upbringing. I wish this event would take place regularly to remember adults to respect children’s rights” added Misses Chanta, who lives in Ansong.
Considering the importance of the event, AEA has collaborated with various partners to organise similar events in various areas of Cambodia.