Polish Children's Rights Day in Świdnica
Dominika Kulczyk’s appeal: we should talk about children living in places that aren’t good for them!
“I have seen classes where notebooks were ripped apart so every child would have something to write on. I will never forget the tearful face of 8-year-old Santa from Bangladesh, who wants to be a teacher but has to work in a factory to have money for food. Children’s rights include children from these faraway lands,” says Kulczyk Foundation President Dominika Kulczyk, who was invited by Minister and Commissioner for Children’s Rights Marek Michalak to attend the Polish Children's Rights Day celebration in Świdnica, near Wrocław. It was there that she presented The Domino Effect Global Education plan, which the Foundation has sent out to every elementary and middle school in Poland.
“The more people are aware of the actual living conditions of children throughout the world, the more people talk about them, and the more likely it will be that many of them will say: I want to change it; I want to do something! We can start the domino effect,” says Dominika Kulczyk. Together with Minister Michalak, she attended a press conference and a meeting at the headquarters of the Świdnica-based Serce Foundation. She also visited the local hospital with gifts for the mothers and children as well as a school, to take part in a class conducted according to the Domino Effect Global Education plan. “This is proof that we have amazing teachers and smart and wonderful children. Just like Janusz Korczak said – we should respect them and treat them like partners on difficult subjects. They are much more sensitive than we, adults, think,” notes Dominika Kulczyk.
The Domino Effect Global Education is a very important project of Kulczyk Foundation. Its main objective is to develop the instinct in children to help others. “The only way to do this is by letting children learn the truth for themselves, when we start to talk with them instead of only ‘teaching.’ The problems presented in the plans are the biggest challenges of the contemporary world: hard-working children without access to schools, medical care, and food. We want Polish children to become aware that even though their peers from across the world have different cultures and customs, they have the same need for joy, safety, and a normal life. Awareness is not too far from compassion, and there is just as little distance between compassion and the will to help,” the creator of Kulczyk Foundation’s project explained.