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Bethlehem 2 Hackney

View Picture GalleryIn November 2007, Mouth That Roars and the ‘Hear by Right’ Group from Hackney, London gave host to a group of Palestinian young people from Bethlehem. This project, in association with International Children’s Day, launched a lasting collaboration to develop and promote, amongst our peers and youth organisations, an international approach to The UN Convention on The Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

About Hear by Right

Hear by Right is a tried and tested standard framework for organisations across the statutory and voluntary sectors to assess and improve practice and policy on the active involvement of children and young people.

Hear by Right, Hackney is a group of young people from Hackney supported by Hackney Youth Service, who are working alongside Mouth That Roars to develop and deliver this work.

“We first got together for different aims, but once we all had watched the film ‘Forbidden Rights’ made by the Palestinian children and Mouth That Roars, we all agreed, that we wanted to do more. We wanted justice and equality, not just for the Palestinian children, but for children all around the world.” Erica, Hear by Right member.

Hear by Right Hackney watched a film made by the Palestinian group that looked at their rights & after watching this decided that they wanted to make a change; they wanted to stand up for what they believed - that all children’s rights should be met all over the world. Hear by Right have been working together to share and gain knowledge on an international level regarding children’s rights and aim to create a platform to raise awareness of the UNCRC that will directly influence youth organisations and promote children’s rights globally.

“Our main is to make a real change globally, to make people listen to the real voice behind the stereotypes.” Erica, Hear by Right member

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About The Palestinian group

The Palestinian group are from the Palestinian Friendship Association and who live in Bethlehem. The group directed and filmed alongside Mouth That Roars and have produced a film about their rights “Forbidden Rights”. The film aims to inform other young people about the situation they are forced to live in and to raise awareness about the violation of their rights as children and young people.

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“This film is a real story, it’s bound to make you re-think your life and the way you look into the world, it’s bound to bring tears to your eyes.” Erica, Hear by Right member

This film will be launched as an educational tool soon and is available, from MTR, to schools and youth projects wanting to explore and raise awareness of children’s rights.

Aim of the Project

To work together to share and gain knowledge on an International level regarding children’s rights and create a platform to raise awareness of the UNCRC that will directly influence Youth Organisations and promote children’s rights globally.

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How We Achieved Our Aim

  • Shared knowledge and exchanged ideas on how to promote the UNCRC.
  • Looked at ways of challenging rights that are not being met on a global level.
  • Helped young people to understand how they can use the UNCRC to support their everyday lives

Outcomes

  • We produced a UNCRC package of work that can be used globally by services working with young people that can be used to educate organisations and young people on the UNCRC agenda.
  • We worked with young people from other countries at the GLA event and started a dialogue looking at developing an International Children’s Rights Forum.
  • We created a sustainable platform to continue the exchange.

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