SCREAM: Supporting Children's Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media

Young people are a driving force for change. The SCREAM programme aims to promote awareness among young people about children’s rights, with a focus on child labour, so that they in turn can speak out and mobilise their communities to act. Ultimately, SCREAM seeks to change social attitudes to promote a culture of respect for children’s rights and to strengthen the worldwide movement against child labour.

SCREAM is delivered by educators using an education pack, consisting of 14 modules. Two special modules on critical areas have been developed:  SCREAM: A special module on HIV, AIDS and child labour and SCREAM: A special module on child labour and armed conflict. The methodology is based on the arts - drama, creative writing, music and the visual arts – and on the media. Through the arts, young people are empowered to convey their message to the wider community. SCREAM also seeks to channel the creative energies of children and youth in positive and constructive ways and encourages “peer-to-peer” education, with young people reaching out to other young people.

The SCREAM modules are flexible “building blocks.” Activities can be adapted according to the time and resources available and may be part of a year-long education programme or one-off workshops. The modules are generic and can be adapted to any geographical or cultural context and to any formal or non-formal setting. In a number of countries, SCREAM has been linked to or incorporated into national curricula, often with the active involvement of teachers’ trade unions and public education authorities.

SCREAM Education Pack

  1. The SCREAM Education Pack has 14 modules: Basic Information; Collage; Research and Information; Interview and Survey; The image; Role-play; Art Competition; Creative Writing; Debate; Media Radio and Television; Media Press; Drama; World of Work and Community Integration; and also an User’s Guide, International Declarations and Conventions and images of child labour. The Education Pack is available in 18 languages.

  • SCREAM has been a light in the dark for those who once kept abuse and violence hidden, leading them to speak out against child labour taking place just a few steps from their school. It has given them a voice to denounce hidden acts of violence. It has changed the classroom dynamics and put an end to bullying and discrimination."

    Anna Paoli, Teacher, Italy
  • SCREAM has been a useful tool in identifying and developing talents, exploring the ability, creativity, commitment and motivation among people to take a step towards the growth and development of their communities. All children are creative and have a desire to be seen and heard. Art is that doorway to their inner being.”

    Geofrey Nsubuga, SCREAM trainer, Uganda
  • Children and adolescents have the right play, to read, to learn. They have the right to happiness. Our duty is to guarantee that to them all.”

    Claudio Abbado