01.12.2009

The 8 UN Millennium Goals for Development through the Eyes of the Children

London International Gallery of Children's Art, in collaboration with Art in All of Us (AiA), is proud to present this collection of drawings and poetry created by a few of the hundreds of children AiA founders Anthony Asael and Stéphanie Rabemiafara have met on their travels for their organisation, as well as photographs taken by the pair.

Adopted by the UN in 2001 as an attempt to acknowledge the urgency required in assisting impoverished nations, the 8 Millennium Goals are: 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieve universal primary education; 3) promote gender equality and empower women; 4) reduce child mortality; 5) improve maternal health; 6) combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; 7) ensure environmental sustainability; and 8) develop a global partnership for development.

What the artworks comprising this exhibition communicate most clearly is that for children living in poverty these goals are a fundamental part of their lives. The intelligence, eloquence and positivity with which children as young as ten years old express their opinions of issues such as the trafficking of children and convey their determination to bring about change is astounding. Engaged in an artistic conversation with young people forced to be wise beyond their years one cannot help but feel both honoured and indebted to assist them in improving their world and ours.





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