On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Swedish Embassy in Cairo launched yesterday the Swedish Egyptian initiative ‘Reading for Children’ and hosted the opening ceremony of a Children Photo exhibition organised by UNICEF.
The children’s literature initiative aims to raise awareness on the importance of reading for children’s social and educational development and how it can serve as a tool to stimulate their creativity and free thinking. The event featured as well the opening of a photo exhibition showing photos taken by twenty five street children during a photography workshop organised by UNICEF in partnership with three NGOs, Banat Al Ghad (a.k.a Banati), the Maawa Association and the Egyptian Organisation for Societal Consolidation. The children’s photos reflected their daily life on the streets of Cairo and what they aspire for.
During the event the young photographers were awarded certificates of accomplishments handed in by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Actor Khaled Abol Naga.