Thursday, December 10, 2009

On the first week of December, ATD Tapori (the children's 'section' of ATD International Movement) planned a gathering of children to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The meeting took place in ATD House in Treyvaux, Switzerland, a big chalet on top of the rolling hills of this town. The purpose was to allow the children to express their experiences. The 'friendship train' story started the meeting, which is bringing children together and no child left out, which is the spirit of the UNCRC. The next few days, the children were grouped to discuss their own experiences and write messages. The culmination of was a meeting with the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner on Human Rights Mrs. Kang on Dec. 8 in Geneva.

The activities are interactive - learning songs from the countries, crafts, going outdoors - visiting a nearby farm, sightseeing in the city of Frighbourg and playing in the snow!

Nina Lim-Yuson
ATD International Movement

The Philippine delegates:
Children: Alyanna, Justhine, & Angela
Chaperones: Nina & Eric

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