The Save the Children global symposium will mark the beginning of a conversation exploring what more the world can do to ensure that children caught up in the horrors of war are afforded their full rights to protection, as enshrined in international laws, standards and norms. Political, government, cultural and private sector leaders from across the world will focus on three main challenges facing children: (1) uphold international laws and standards to protect children in conflict, (2) Hold perpetrators to account and bring them to justice and (3) Proper funding and effective implementation of MHPSS. Self-evidently, a symposium about children must be with children.
To connect children of the world’s most challenging frontlines with other children, Save the Children has inspiring champions from Nigeria who are campaigning for girls and boys who are living in rural areas and missing out on healthcare and education. Why not involve the children of local primary schools for this symposium as well?
To give the children a voice who live in the world’s most challenging frontlines, we will organise a ‘Stop the War On Children March’. Almost 150 children from local primary schools will march together to the Peace Palace. A week before the global symposium, they will follow a guest lesson provided by Save the Children where they will learn more about who we are, what we do and hear some personal stories of children who live in conflict countries. Research has shown that 1 in 5 children grow up in war, to represent this, 4 groups will walk in a red shirt and 1 group in a black shirt. Besides that they will all be walking with a white flag, the symbol of peace. They will arrive at the Peace Palace in silence, where they will do a final stunt to clearly convey our message ‘Stop the War On Children’!