U.S. Supports Staging of Play Against Child Abuse

In an effort to kindle an artistic and learning expression that seeks to educate people on respect for the human rights of children of all ages, a children’s play entitled Pataplín Rataplán, All against Child Abuse, opened Thursday May 27 at 8:00 a.m., at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan theatre in Bogotá. Over 2,000 schoolchildren from different schools in Bogotá attended this opening. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided technical and financial resources for $25,000 dollars to the La Baranda Theatre Foundation, in charge of setting this stage representation.

This grand adventure, with characters such as the evil Maltra Tor and Perver Sa, and General Pataplin as the children’s champion, tells a tale that seeks to introduce the audience to the rights of children and youth. The skit shows how grown-ups sometimes can do and say things that may lead to violence, and shows how to avoid child abuse.

In addition to the Foundation’s creative support, other organizations contributed to setting up the play: the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF), the Sisma Mujer Corporation, the Children and Youth Police, the District’s Education Secretariat and its Health to School Program, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as teachers and students from various schools around Bogota.

Bogota, D.C., May 28, 2010

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