Street children the focus of international seminar and photo exhibit at UNESCOParis - "A child on my street" is the theme of a forthcoming exhibit presented by UNESCO and the Air France Foundation, featuring photographs shot by Eric Dexheimer in Fortaleza (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Casablanca (Morocco), Manila (Philippines), Bucharest (Romania), Thiès (Senegal) and Cambodia, where the photographer shared the daily life of street children for ten months.
The exhibit runs from November 18 to December 6 at UNESCO Headquarters (Ségur Hall). It highlights the efforts of seven associations working in the above countries to improve the plight of thousands of children without a roof, and the key role that street educators can play in offering these children new prospects for the future.
The exhibit opens officially on November 20 at 7:30 pm and will be followed at 8:30 pm by a contemporary ballet (invitations are required and can be obtained from the Press Service: 01 45 68 17 47) entitled "Two Seasons," performed by the Brazilian company Edisca, formed by 35 dancers between the ages of six and eighteen, all hailing from the favelas (slums) of Fortaleza. The company already boasts four ballet choreographies to its name and several international prizes.
Alongside the exhibit, a seminar on children and teenagers in distress will be held on November 21 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room IV), from 9:30 am to 6 pm. It will attempt to assess the state of street children in the world today - including in France - and draw attention to key players and intervention strategies for assisting these children.
The seminar will be opened by Dominique Versini, the French state secretary charged with the fight against poverty and exclusion, Gérard Orizet, president of the Air France Foundation and Seddoh, Director of the Division of Higher Education, representing UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education.
Numerous experts and grassroots practitioners will participate in the event, including Anne-Marie Raffarin, wife of the French prime minister, Xavier Emmanuelli, president of the SAMU Social International (France), the French ethno-psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik, Bernadette Abegglen-Verazzi, associate director of UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre and Najat M'Jid, pediatrician and president of the Moroccan association Bayti, among others.
A press kit is available from UNESCO's press service. Journalists wishing to cover the
event are invited to contact:
Cristina L'Homme, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section
Tel: 33 (0) 45 68 17 11