They say that children are future of India,of the US of Iraq, of China.
What a myth!!
The NINEISMINE campaign believes that children are not citizens of tomorrow but that they are citizens of today. they are tax payers of today. They are trend setters of today!! Secondly they do not believe that they are merely citizens of this or that country but that they are citizens of a Global Earth community that dreams beyond borders.
The NINEISMINE campaign is an initiative of for and by children who set out to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY while they ensure the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (Like www.facebook.com/9ism9)
It dreams of a world where children will enjoy at least one Child right i.e. Article 2 of the UN Convention on Children. It states all children should enjoy all Rights! And until that day they are aware that they don’t have the luxury to engage in Baby-talk. They believe that it is important for them to speak now to secure their future and the billions of their peers in vulnerable situations.
The Campaign was started by children in response to Nelson Mandela’s appeal to ordinary citizen’s to keep their local politicians accountable to UN Goals to end poverty … sustain-ably.
The campaign also emphasizes that children have the right to be seen and heard and in through their own unique and child friendly mediums. Hence invites young people to use dance, art, poetry, mobile-apps, technology, circus art .. basically anything!! And thus even as they have fun they are part of a EPOCH moment when the world could consign Poverty to museums and our libraries.
This year the NINE IS MINE will be in Denmark, New York and Geneva and ofcourse In India. We need the support of young people from across the world to join our Drum Out Poverty Exercise by sending us a short video of them drumming with a caption of what they would like to Drum out. Send us these clippings at email@example.com
They are also conscious that it is not the rich that can or should speak for the poor and the vulnerable but that it is their responsibility to provide their marginalized peers with opportunities to speak for themselves.
They say that helping another will not change the world but it could change the world for the other person and more so for you. And we agree.
Steve Rocha – Campaign Convener NINEISMINE.in
P.S. NINEISMINE gets its name from the promise by India to its children that it would dedicate 6% fro education and 3% for health by 2009. Till now India invests only about 1% on Health and about 3% on Education.
The your’s 2 in the title refers to the fact that WHO recommends an additional 2% (i.e.a minimum of 5% for Health)