I was at a meeting recently where we were briefed on the priority issues for Powys Youth Forum. Two stood out for me – the lack of a democratic voice or platform for young people (they were worried about ineffectual school councils) and their concerns and the difficulties in accessing the opportunity to take part arts & culture.
At Powys Dance we grapple on a daily basis with being able to provide equitable access to opportunities to dance across a large, sparsely populated county. We’ve also been wondering, at what point would public bodies be in breach of Article 31 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child? Where is that line in the sand?
Article 31 states:
At the same time, NTW put a call out for applications from Mid Wales for the next round of the Big Democracy Project. I spoke to the forum and we exchanged some ideas and decided to submit a proposal:
Does the lack of infrastructure, access and opportunity in rural Wales means that public bodies in Wales are in breach of article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?
Can we unite as One Wales to campaign for all children and young people to have the chance to access cultural life?
It’s austerity-related to some degree, however it is also deeper than that. It’s about how the whole infrastructure (transport!) doesn’t support children and young people to access activity. Moreover, there is a lack of recognition of the higher costs involved in creating opportunity in rural contexts.
If you think this issue is important, then vote for us:
If we win the vote, our assembly will be designed and led by young people in Powys. Current ideas include a mock trial with advice from human rights lawyers, a satirical revue or turning our local park into Speaker's Corner.
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