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The Right to Shelter

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Old Parliament House, New family exhibition opens in PLAY UP – The Right to Shelter, August e-newsletter, 2015

This month it’s all about families and therefore all about PLAY UP at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Have you ever built a cubby house, played dress-ups or had a tea party with your toys? Playing these games is a way for children to understand some of the most important needs we have: shelter, food and clothing. Our new addition to PLAY UP—The Right to Shelter exhibition asks young visitors to imagine how different life would be without their bedroom, favourite food or a warm jacket. By engaging with the activities in PLAY UP, children will think about their own rights and those of other children around the world, all while having fun!

PLAY UP explores children’s ideas, opinions and actions around democracy and children’s rights through play. It is a living and evolving space curated for, with and by children.

Every little voice counts!

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN, 1995) is an international treaty that sets out universally accepted rights for children. PLAY UP is based on these conventions. Our new exhibition in PLAY UP—The Right to Shelter looks at Article 27 of the Convention which states the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

What a perfect vehicle for a museum about democracy to use in facilitating conversations with children, young people and their families.

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