Lumos-Supported Self-Advocates to Speak at Global Youth Forum
Lumos, the global charity set up by J.K. Rowling in order to put an end to the unnecessary institutionalization of children, will be strongly represented at the ninth UNESCO Global Youth Forum tomorrow. The UNESCO Global Youth Forum, which takes place this year in Paris, encourages young people to come together to focus on climate change and the UN’s new Sustainable Development goals.
As part of the Global Forum, six young Lumos-supported self-advocates will speak up about institutions and their personal experiences on October 28. Lumos has previously “argued that children living outside of families, including in orphanages, should be an international development priority.”
The six self-advocates “from three European countries will share their message that successful deinstitutionalisation can only be achieved through inclusion and meaningful participation in policy-making for disadvantaged and marginalised children and young people.”
In order to put their message across, the young advocates “have used film, artwork, music and other styles to communicate with decision-makers in their own countries and at international events. In one presentation they will ask the audience to suggest the elements needed for inclusion and then write the suggestions on Jenga-style bricks, which they will build into a bridge. Their aim is to build ‘a bridge that could contribute in ending the poverty, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, reduce inequality, and build a lasting partnership.'”
One of the advocates, 16-year-old Veliko, said this:
We are going to this event not just as individuals but as speakers for the most vulnerable – the young people with disabilities who have lived in institutions.
Find out more about the Global Youth Forum and the events that will take place tomorrow in the press release below. In order to find out more about Lumos, and the work that the charity does, visit its website and see how you can get involved today. Last month the charity released a video narrated by J.K. Rowling showcasing the important work they do.