“We colored in, we laughed and we played...
my favorite part was when we painted the mural,
and that was when I could make my dream come true:
to be a painter”.
Carlos, 13 years old.
Caucasia, El Pando, Department of Antioquia.
The 12th of February was the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. Along with the Departmental Government of Antioquia and their Protective Environments program and the Municipal Council of Caucasia, we celebrated an event with the community that evoked the Right to Dream and the need to create and care for environments and spaces that protect the rights of children, adolescents and young people. Artistic and games-based activities were held to promote a culture of peace and the recognition of children and young people as agents of change.
According to the United Nations, more than 300,000 children actively participate in armed conflicts around the world. In Colombia, the illegal recruitment of child soldiers by armed groups is a crime under International Humanitarian Law.
As part of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, Fundación Mi Sangre participated in the “Protective Environments” event, organized by the Secretariat of the Government of Antioquia and the Municipal Council of Caucasia.
During the event recreational and fun spaces were created in which more than 300 children participated in artistic and sporting activities. Fundación Mi Sangre coordinated the creation of a mural at the school in the village of El Pando, with a group of children painting their dreams as part of the artistic effort. Educational activities were also held such as the creation of posters, paintings, games, and other communication products, with the goal of promoting peaceful coexistence, respect, rights and to prevent violence.
Thanks to participation from the entire community, awareness was raised about the importance of strengthening protective environments for children and young people so that their rights are not violated by different forms of violence. These environments also allow for the sharing of moments of happiness and generate support networks. This event was part of Fundación Mi Sangre’s campaign to raise awareness, mobilize the community and prevent child recruitment, which is titled “To Dream is a Right”.
At the same time on the 12th of February, Fundación Mi Sangre, with the support of a range of government institutions, carried out a social media campaign on the same topic. This helped generate reflections and concrete actions against recruitment in the wider community.
Together with children, adolescents and young people in Caucasia, we said “I PROTECT.”
Working together we can all contribute to the construction of peace in Colombia. Because to dream is a right, as well as being an important part of the artistic process and social transformation.
You are also MI SANGRE. Participate and support our cause.
Subscribe to our newsletters and share this article with your contacts.
We appreciate it if you can share this information with your networks.