Voices of Children Documentary Project

Creating a documentary of children voicing their rights through both verbal and non-verbal expression

An international group of World Forum Foundation educators, social scientists, filmmakers, and advocates have embarked on a journey to create a documentary called “Voices of Children”. The documentary aims to expand on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by advocating for a more inclusive view of children’s rights from the perspective of the children themselves.

This project has become much more than the creation of a powerful documentary. As teams of international educators travel to carefully chosen locations in the world, working together and working with various groups of teachers, a profound understanding of how to listen to and honor children’s thoughts and ideas is emerging. Schools that participate are changed. Educators who are part of the planning and logistics teams are changed. A powerful tool is being created that will effectively demonstrate children’s understanding of what connects us all as human beings.

Thanks to the team members donating their own time and personal funds, plus funding from a global group of individuals and organizations, filming has taken place in Asia, Europe, Australasia, Africa and the Americas.

With support from you, the final documentary can be edited and readied to premier before an international group of early childhood educators and advocates at the 2017 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Auckland, New Zealand. The documentary will then be widely distributed throughout the world and will serve as an important tool for global understanding.

Voices of Children is a special project envisioned, organized and implemented by the World Forum Working Group on Children’s Rights. We currently have a matching challenge which will double your donation! If you would like to support this project, visit our donate page and scroll down to the Voices of Children project.

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In January 2017, the VoC team hunkered down in Colorado, joined virtually by colleagues from Brazil and Singapore, and sifted through almost 2000 video clips. We selected about 200 clips as the starting point for the editing process and identified 11 themes that were emerging in the children’s expression of their rights – in words […]

A generous anonymous donor has pledged to give up to $5,000 in matching funds to raise much needed support for our Voices of Children documentary. The Voices of Children documentary is an in-depth exploration of how to engage with children in a true give-and-take dialog about how they experience their rights to participation, provision and […]

girl gesturing emphatically

Video: Mallya Aditi International School – Bangalore (0:59) “I don’t want the factories…We can do with natural things!” Children from the Mallya Aditi International School talk with Voices of Children team in early 2016 about what they don’t like in their city and in the world.

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Video: Child at Street Eleven – Singapore (0:43) “Roll on the grass and get dizzy!” “Laugh!” View a clip of the wisdom shared by children with the Voices of Children team when they spent time at Child at Street 11, Singapore, in early 2016.

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March 2016 – The Voices of Children Journey Continues in India and Singapore This past month the Voices of Children (VoC) project continued the journey to better understand young children’s perspectives on rights by travelling to sites in Mumbai, Bangalore and Singapore. Our team of two videographers and three educators from Brazil, USA, and Singapore […]

Adult and child filming together outdoors

Oct 2015 – In the past seven months we have learned the importance of patience, perseverance, and creativity as our video documentary project continues to move forward. We were reminded of the realities of global collaboration when we initiated our mentoring work with our many contributors using online platforms from Adobe Connect©, to Skype©, to […]