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The Song Room Celebrates Children’s Week.

This week at The Song Room we are celebrating Children’s Week.

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrating the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children across the country based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC).

The global pandemic has had a significant impact on many aspects of children’s rights, especially those of vulnerable children. Extended lockdowns all over the world have affected children’s rights to physical and mental health, education, play, and in some cases family environments free of violence, abuse and neglect.

As we reflect on the past 12 months of the pandemic and plan ahead for the 2022 school year, it is vital that we consider our responsibilities in honouring the rights of all children in our response and recovery.

At The Song Room, we are committed to promoting the rights of children in all that we do. This includes the right to a quality education (Article 28), the right to freedom of expression (Article 13), the right to participation in leisure, play and culture (Article 31) and the right to friendship and connection (Article 15).

We believe that every child has a song to sing and the right to access a quality Arts Education, irrespective of where they live and what school they go to.

Throughout school closures, the Arts has taken a back seat in many schools. The challenges of teaching remotely and the need to simplify the curriculum have led to many students missing out on accessing timetabled Arts experiences. Singing and playing woodwind instruments was restricted in many schools across Australia even when onsite learning returned. Extra-curricular Arts activities have also been impacted, with many students missing the opportunity to connect with their friends in weekly dance classes and choir rehearsals.

It is time for an artful approach to rebuilding wellbeing, connection and community in our schools. The healthy development of children is crucial to the future wellbeing of our society and the Arts has a central role in supporting children to flourish.

Elise Hopkins Director, Arts Learning

 

 

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