The 'forgotten Article': transforming lives, developing literacies and the emergence of culture and identity through art.

Ian Brown

Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is often referred to the 'forgotten article'. Article 31 ensures that "States parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities...and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts." The United Nations admits that profound changes in the world are having a major impact on children's opportunities to enjoy the rights provided in this Article. As we look to the future we are mindful that access, participation and contribution to cultural life are dimensions needed for a child to succeed. Questions are raised: what does a child require to be literate now and in the future? How can creativity be stimulated and maintained? What is the role of technology in cultural and artistic development? How can art and culture transform the lives of young people?