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The role of the arts in resisting recruitment as child soldiers and ‘wives’: experience from Uganda and Nepal

Bill Brookeman and Katherine Darton

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0017
The role of the arts in resisting recruitment as child soldiers and ‘wives’: experience from Uganda and Nepal

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This chapter looks at an innovative programme of work in relation to a peculiarly modern form of child slavery: child soldiers. It introduces the international laws on child labour and child soldiers, and the International Labour Organisation's SCREAM programme (Supporting Children's Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media). The chapter describes Bill Brookman's experiences when piloting his new SCREAM module with children and young people in Uganda and Nepal. The SCREAM programme uses the arts to educate children about their rights with respect to all forms of work. The exercises include role-plays, creative writing, drawing and painting, theatre projects, debates and so on. This is an experimental approach to the rehabilitation of children traumatised by violence and abuse and, as with all such programmes, needs generalising and building on, involving a programme to train trainers, including teachers, advocates, and peer educators, who can take the ideas and the material into communities to raise the level of awareness of the issues involved.

Keywords: International Labour Organisation; SCREAM programme; child slavery; child soldiers; child labour; arts; Bill Brookman; Uganda; Nepal; international laws

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