Tomorrow 20th of November is the Universal Children’s Day. A day to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children, as recommended by the UN General Assembly in 1954. In addition, on the 20th of November, 1989 the UN and UNICEF adopted the Convention on the rights of the Child. Tomorrow should also be to a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
I came across a wonderful article about a children’s art exhibition in the Netherlands that is opening tomorrow on the 20th of November. Annefie van Itterzon, county council art coordinator, collected more than 3000 children’s drawings from all over the world over the past 26 years. She not only collects and displays so to give people a sneaky peek into a child’s imagination and their perception of the world but also because the drawings are so impressive and mostly expressive. She says that children, especially in the age between 7 and 11, are very intuitive and spontaneous which results in great pieces of work. I love how she quotes that Picasso once said that it took him his whole life to draw like a child again. I suppose that’s the most important right, isn’t it? The right to be a child. For as long as possible, preferably a life time if you ask me!