Saturday, 5 June 2010

Photography helps children in Sierra Leone realize their right to self-expression

Photo copyright: UNICEF/Davies/2009
For the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF featured a series of stories about this landmark international agreement on the basic human rights of all children.

Children were loaned digital cameras and received basic photography training from renowned Italian photographer Luca Babini. In Sierra Leone, cameras and computers are luxury for children, especially those living in rural areas. Access to the Internet is limited to the capital and provincial towns.

As a result of these trainings, UNICEF – in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs – produced a photo booklet consisting of pictures taken by the children. The booklet expresses the views of children on an array of social issues, such as education, child labour and early marriage.

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