Community Service, International Baccalaureate Program

9th Grade Student Initiative

Real Stories Gallery Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity in the USA, is thrilled to welcome Hrishi, Morgan, Finn and Calvin, who have chosen to complete their I.B. High School Program Community Service hours with us. The boys will be creating a short film in response to Tristan's Moon and the quality of life experienced by their adolescent peers.

The I.B. students work-in-progress will be posted here throughout the 2013-14 academic school year. As at December 2013, the students have begun to brainstorm their storyboard ideas, film the art installation, research the rights of the child and think about the soundtrack they will create.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (President DTHF, Nobel Peace Prize. Forward for Real Stories Gallery Foundation (501c3):

I invite you all to join us at Real Stories Gallery, so we may harness the power of our humanity and our enormous capacity for creativity, to mobilize our imaginations and weave together through our stories, a vision that we shall reach for which will influence our thoughts and actions towards our kin. God Bless You.

International Human Rights & Child Rights

General Assembly of the United Nations calls upon all 192 Member Countries to publicize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Committee on the Rights of the Child urges all UN Member States and levels of government, to use the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) as a guide in policy-making and implementation:

  • To raise awareness and disseminate information on the Convention by providing training to all those involved in government policy-making and working with or for children.
  • To involve civil society—including children themselves—in the process of implementing and raising awareness of child rights.

And so, dear Stefano, I will give you toy guns. And I will teach you to play extremely complicated wars, where the truth will never be entirely on one side. You will release a lot of energy in your young years, and your ideas may be a bit confused, but slowly you will develop some convictions. Then, when you are grown up, you will believe that it was all a fairy tale: little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the guns, the cannons, single combat, the witch and the seven dwarfs, armies against armies. But if by chance, when you are grown up, the monstrous characters of your childish dreams persist, witches, trolls, armies, bombs, compulsory military service, perhaps, having gained a critical attitude toward fairy tales, you will learn to live and criticize reality ("Letter to my son" Umberto Eco)
Tristan's Moon (art installation)
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