A Richer Understanding of Article 31- Children’s right to culture, leisure, rest and play ‘Launching the UN General Comment on article 31 in Scotland Edinburgh – March 2013
This large-scale event (200 delegates) was held in Our Dynamic Earth and was supported by SCCYP (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People) and Creative Scotland. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the launch of the UN General Comment on article 31 and to share the significance of this to a wider audience.
The event was designed to bring together professionals from the play, arts and culture sectors and for them to be able to share ideas and practice, and explore joint opportunities to ensure that children’s rights under article 31 are met.
We were delighted to have keynote presentations from Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell; Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie; Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland; Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of GlasgowLife; Dr Richard Holloway, and Theresa Casey, IPA World President.
A variety of workshops looked at different aspects of article 31.
However, the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the participation of children and young people. Children from St Mirins Out of School Care, Glasgow gave a fantastic presentation about what article 31, and in particular their right to play, means to them. Music was also provided by children and young people from the Friday Night Music.
General Comment on Article 31 . One Year On: what have we done & what next – Edinburgh – March 2014
This highly successful, sell-out event was supported by Edinburgh College and held in their Telford Campus. The focus for this event was specifically article 31 in terms of children’s right to play.
Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell as well as Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People gave keynote presentations highlighting the importance of play in the lives of children and young people in Scotland with specific references to the importance of the National Play Strategy.
We were also delighted to have international speakers from Australia, USA, Hong Kong as well as from England, Wales and Scotland who were able to provide perspectives on how play and the children’s right to play is being supported and promoted within their own countries.
Broxburn Family centre and Midlothian Association of Play gave a presentation about delivering challenging play opportunities for children.
SCCYP (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People) gave a presentation about using their Golden Rules for Participation toolkit.
Together (SACR) provided an overview of the General Comment on Article 31.