Yesterday, on October 22, something special happened. Kids from across Victoria arrived at 9am at the Arts Centre Melbourne, working all day to to produce their Kids Manifesto.
Presented to an audience of policy-makers, politicians, community leaders, family and friends the Kids Manifesto calls out the change these kids want to see in the world.
Focusing on Cultural Diversity, Disability, Girls & Women, Boys & Men, Animals, The Environment and The Elderly, the Kids Manifesto is a powerful statement of what the world could look like if everyone cared as much as kids do.
The state teams contributed to the Kids Manifesto newspaper, publishing the 11 team manifestos onsite.
Teams then worked with their creative facilitators to develop and present creative interpretations of their visions using the artform of the facilitator (music, movement, storytelling, dance, painting).
At 2pm an enthusiastic audience received the live presentations from the children of their Manifestos. At the end of the ceremonial presentations, the Kids Manifesto newspaper was gifted by the kids to policy makers charged with taking the words to heart and taking them back to inform their practice.
Receiving the Kids Manifesto Newspaper were: Liana Buchanan (Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People); Fiona Patten MP (Reason Party); David Southwick MP (Liberal Party Victoria); Huong Truong MP (Australian Greens Victoria); Eva Massey and Joshua Brittain (UNICEF Youth Ambassadors) and Sandy Shaw (Newsboys Foundation).
The children have taken action. And challenge us all to follow.
A full PDF of the manifesto is available below. Take it to the world people.