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CHIKADA, Daniel James

Children’s Theatre for Development (TfD) as a Media for Promoting the Nigerian Child’s Right

Daniel James CHIKADA

Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies

Nasarawa State University, Keffi

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Abstract

Visual communication remains one of the most effective channels of transmitting ideas and messages to children. However, it is obvious that children’s theatre with repertoire of extemporaneous activities is aimed at using role play, folk-dance, storytelling, puppetry, songs, mime, rhythm, movement, etc. to offer greater opportunities for learning. Thus, every child has the privilege to enjoy the right to start a good life, which encompasses adequate nutrition, health care, a hygienic home, community environment, loving care, play and stimulation. But it is worrisome that millions of the children are deprived of these rights. It is in view of this that the paper intends to explore on the methodology to use in projecting child’s rights objectives, x-raying the challenges and suggesting ways of promoting the child’s rights principles for the growth of the Nigerian child.

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