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50th anniversary of the European Social Charter
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter and encourage member states to ratify it, the Council of Europe is organising several events on 17 and 18 October in Strasbourg.
Among the new communication tools is a comic strip which will be published on 18 October.
Explaining social rights to children - comic strip
The Department of the European Social Charter is publishing a comic strip aimed at children aged 7 to 10, “Tell me, what’s the European Social Charter?”. The book will come out in Strasbourg on 18 October 2011, the day of the 50th anniversary of the Charter.
The European Social Charter, which secures social and economic rights, is a necessary complement to the European Convention on Human Rights safeguarding civil and political rights Despite its fundamental role in ensuring quality of everyday life, the Charter is little known to the citizens.
The comic strip was produced in order to familiarise children with their social rights and responsibilities. Through the situations encountered by Adam, a 10 year old European, his little sister or pals, the girls and boys reading the strip will discover, for example, the right to education, to vocational guidance, to housing, to family life, to protection against poverty and social exclusion, or the right to receive treatment. They will also learn that the Charter prohibits discrimination and that states are obliged to uphold the rights guaranteed.
This book may constitute an appealing and active teaching aid for educational work in the primary schools of the Council of Europe member states.
Ceremony on 18 October 2011
Council of Europe Ceremony on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the European Social Charter, Strasbourg, 18 October 2011:
Anniversary of ESC - conference
A joint conference entitled "The Council of Europe's Social Charter 50 years on: What next?" was held on 23 September 2011 in Paris in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Charter: