Article 31

Where we get our name from

In 1989 something amazing happened!

Against the backdrop of a changing world, all the world leaders came together and made a commitment to the world’s children. It was an historic moment. They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their rights, by adopting an international legal framework…this is known as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Great right? But what does that actually mean?

A profound idea was created – which meant that children would no longer be regarded as objects that belonged to their parents but, as human beings and individuals with their own rights. The important bit is that this became the most widely verified human rights bond and in history and has helped transform children’s lives worldwide.

The big stuff

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired the way in which adults at the top think differently, using their power of decision making to re-write policies and laws where change needed to happen.

Money that might have been spent on one area of our society – has been redirected and spent on other areas in an attempt to improve:  

  • The health care access for all young people worldwide
  • The nutrition received by all young people worldwide
  • The education obtained by all young people worldwide  

This ensures that young people are regarded as a valuable part of our society and can participate in all areas of our communities.

As part of this treaty, Article 31 also stipulated that young people have the right to play and join in a range of cultural activities. We think that’s pretty important!

Inspired by this simple and powerful statement, Theatre31 has been created. It is theatre for young people, by young people.

Our young collaborators are given a space to create where their voices are listened to and celebrated. Opinions are formed and failing is not regarded negatively. It is a safe environment that completely supports the energy, vision and journey of every young person we meet.