Children contribute their wishes – Rheinfelden

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS (1): The project “Art without a roof” is about repurposing a stream in the playground.

. Rheinfelden is the first city in the district to have a children’s rights trail with six practical stations, organized by the Rheinfelden family center and the district’s youth department. We support the “Children’s Rights Workshop” in its creation and report on the individual projects. First part today: “Art without a roof” at the Meraner Straße playground in Herten. The most important issues there are the right to play and leisure and the right to freedom of expression and participation.

Benches have been set up under the central tree, on which twelve children in three groups are building models. It is about the re-routing of the stream on the playground in Meraner Straße, which the children are involved in. This is already the third meeting between primary school children with Teresa Andlauer and Katerina Kremzer from Spieldorf Herten and the team from Baggage Art, the workshop for educational ideas in Freiburg.

This project focuses on two of children’s rights: the right to play and leisure and the right to freedom of expression and participation. “We want to show how great it is to get the kids involved,” explains Andlauer. The “future users”, as Yannic Stadelmann of Luggage Art calls the children, come up with so many extraordinary ideas.

“At the first meeting, we were general,” says Andlauer, they talked about children’s rights, and the children were allowed to draw a picture of the law that concerned them most. Real works of art were created. You must have background knowledge to speak. Therefore, the second meeting led to Hertener Loch, where the children were allowed to let off steam by the stream. They used a wide variety of materials to build canals, bridges and weirs, as well as boats and rafts, and learned a lot about their properties and behavior because doing it yourself anchors knowledge in the brain better than just listening.

At the third meeting, the children specified their ideas and wishes in three models. The manual implementation lets the children learn a lot, for example about statics. Of course, not all ideas can be implemented, explains Christiane Weiel, also from Baggage Art, but you listen to everything and try to incorporate as much as possible. Water flowing in different directions, over wood and stone, with many overflows, a mosaic and a water slide. Perhaps a spiral staircase made of glass that shines in bright colors and a stork’s nest on top? The children’s ideas were abundant, and Bagage had the difficult task of creating a plan that was responsive to most people, feasible and also affordable. This will then be coordinated with the city and built on site in the autumn, as the administration has also given the green light for the project in the meantime.

At the last municipal council meeting, there were irritations that affected the workshop’s children’s rights project, it appears from the municipality’s press release, but it was only misunderstandings, and we are happy that these have now been cleared up.

“We expressly welcome the family center’s initiative to take up the topic of children’s rights in various workshops and implement them together with the children,” explains Lord Mayor Klaus Eberhardt. Future users can therefore be excited to see how their ideas and wishes are implemented.

The Children’s Rights Workshop is funded by the Kinderland Foundation, the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and the Wiedekind Foundation. The brochure and further information at http://www.familienzentrum-rheinfelden.de

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