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Dynamo International – Street Workers Network | KINSHASA: Congolese street social workers celebrate 70 years of the Declaration of Human Rights

KINSHASA: Congolese street social workers celebrate 70 years of the Declaration of Human Rights

The Committee for Support to Street Social Work (CATSR) organized several awareness activities in Kinshasa for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This fundamental principles, now translated into more than 500 languages and dialects, gave birth to the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, whose application is at the center of the activities of Dynamo International and members of Dynamo International – Street Workers Network, like the CATSR.

On 8 September 2018, the actors of education and human rights gathered at the Wallonia-Brussels center in Kinshasa (DRC), in the presence of Edwin de Boevé and Pierre Galand, for an awareness-raising morning event on the promotion of human rights.

“It is necessary that the populations, citizens journalists, researchers, teachers and politicians realise that to aspire to a world of justice, solidarity and freedoms there are rules to follow”, Pierre Galand, president of the Association for the United Nations (APNU) on the initiative of a call for projects launched to all French speaking young people from 10 to 30 years around the Declaration.

For the minister in charge of education in the province of Kinshasa, it is difficult to distinguish human rights from education: “It is important to have this direct relationship between education and human rights so that these rights are rooted in every human being”.


Workshops : Draw me a human right

For three days, from August 28 to 30, 2018, about thirty children from 9 to 13 years old took part in drawing workshops at the LIKEMO-CATSR shelter in order to illustrate their understanding of the different articles of Declaration. Some of the inhabitants of the neighborhood were present as well as the volunteers of Mapendo, a local association partner of the CATSR-Support Center for street social workers. Volunteers, students in law and fine arts, provided additional explanations to help children translate their messages into images.

Later, the young participants of the workshops were able to personally present their achievements during the exhibition organized in the Brell room of the Center Wallonie-Bruxelles in Kinshasa. Exhibition which also moved to a private school, the “Le Figuier” school complex, where children were invited to explain their achievements to the students.

Football games with children and their educators

During UN World Day to overcome extreme poverty of October 17, 2018, two football games gathered children attending the LIKEMO-CATSR shelter and the so-called ‘child witches’ and mistreated children of the MHEED center*, the workers of these two structures and the young volunteers of Mapendo. A successful demonstration of living and doing together to act against misery and social discrimination.

* MHEED : Shelter for education and support for disadvantaged children

KINSHASA: Congolese street social workers celebrate 70 years of the Declaration of Human Rights