Spain – Young people in Castile and Leon mobilize for children's rights by developing solidarity initiatives

11 January 2023

(ANS - Valladolid) - The project "EnRédate por los Derechos Humanos: jóvenes movilizados por los Derechos de la Infancia y Juventud de todo el mundo" (Network for Human Rights: young people mobilized for the Rights of Children and Youth around the World) involved three groups of young people, including many from Salesian backgrounds, from three provinces in the autonomous community of Castile and León - Salamanca, Valladolid, and León, to be precise - to develop solidarity initiatives and participate in awareness-raising activities. As part of these initiatives in their respective locations, there was also time to see and discuss the documentary "Libertad" by "Misiones Salesianas" and to visit a photo exhibition.

This project is co-funded by the Junta de Castilla y León and is linked to the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project’s objectives include training, awareness raising, mobilization, and social participation, all through a methodology known as the "Kolb Cycle," through which young people become protagonists of their own learning.

The participants were divided into three groups of 10-12 youths, ranging in age from 13 to 21, together with their educators. The youths came from the Caixa "Proinfancia" Project of the Salesian Foundation "Juan Soñador" in Valladolid; the recreational group of the Vincentian School "La Encarnación" in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, near Salamanca; and the "Don Bosco" Youth Center in León.

Educators who participated in the project underwent initial theoretical and practical training, in which they addressed the issues of rights violations of young people around the world and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Agenda 2030, and the SDGs. They also received information about the project's educational materials and training course, the initial "break out" - an interactive clue game - and complementary activities (online youth meetings, photo exhibition, and video forum).

Each youth group had continuous accompaniment with training materials and the presence of educators. The process began with the "break out," which allowed participants to solve a puzzle about the violation of a right. From this training process, the youth developed their own solidarity initiatives by choosing a right of children and youth, with the goal of carrying out a group action to make this right visible in their environment and educational institution.

In the video forum that took place in each city, the documentary film "Libertad" by "Misiones Salesianas," the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, was screened, illustrating human rights violations in Pademba Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Also, on display for several weeks at each of the venues involved was the photo exhibit "Derechos de la Infancia y la Juventud. Una mirada global" (Rights of Children and Youth. A Global View).

These side activities also helped to reflect on human rights violations suffered by children and youth in different parts of the world.

In this way, the project’s goal - to mobilize and promote among the people of Castile and Leon the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and values of global citizenship, developing a critical awareness of the violations of these rights - was achieved.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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