ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) and the Embassy of Spain in Islamabad celebrated Universal Children’s Day with an award ceremony for the “Color of Dreams: Embassy of Spain’s Art Competition on Child Rights” on Tuesday.
The competition, which engaged 310 children from different schools in Pakistan, invited participants to create artwork that depicted their perspectives on important child rights issues. The themes ranged from child labour, online protection, child marriage, mental health, violence against children, corporal punishment, and out-of-school children.
Despite the challenging task of selecting the fifty best art pieces from the pool of entries, the jury was impressed by the exceptional creativity and talent displayed by the young artists.
The award ceremony, organized at the Embassy of Spain, brought together distinguished guests, including Senators, children, Ambassadors, Excellencies, civil society, and child rights activists, all united in their commitment to championing the cause of children’s rights.
The NCRC is grateful to H.E. Mr. Jose Antonio de Ory, the Ambassador of Spain to Pakistan for his unwavering support in commemorating the Universal Children’s Day in a manner that engaged children actively. He said, “Everything this embassy, and myself, can do in defense of the… pic.twitter.com/nSwcG6xJYq
— National Commission on The Rights of Child (NCRC) (@NCRC_Pakistan) November 14, 2023
Spanish Ambassador Appreciated for Support
The Ambassador of Spain to Pakistan, Jose Antonio de Ory, was appreciated for his unwavering support in commemorating the Universal Children’s Day in a way that engaged children actively.
Hats off to the young Picassos 🎨 who took part in today's "Color of dreams: Embassy of Spain's Art Competition on Child Rights", jointly organised with @NCRC_Pakistan to commemorate the Universal Children's day!
— Emb. de España Islamabad/Emb. of Spain Islamabad (@SpaininPakistan) November 14, 2023
In her opening address, Chairperson NCRC Ayesha Raza Farooq expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Spanish Embassy and affirmed the NCRC’s dedication to fostering creativity, awareness, and dialogue surrounding the problems faced by children in Pakistan.
The young artists, in addition to showcasing their creative talent during the ceremony, also took the time to explain the motivations and aspirations behind their compelling artworks.
The ‘Color of Dreams’ competition successfully engaged minors in a meaningful dialogue about child rights, empowering them to become advocates for change and contribute to the discourse on these important matters.