Cascais in 2022 – a city through the eyes of a child

Cascais, the host city for our upcoming International Seminar, is spreading the word about its child-friendly infrastructure – through the eyes of a child.

I am the size of what I see is a new video produced by city leaders showing how, as a municipality that supports the rights of children, what Cascais means to a young girl growing up there.

As she narrates her way through different locations, the theme, be it at school, at the park, or at the beach, is that there is always something that can be learned from the environment around you. As she says:

“It’s true, we are all different, we share the same space, it is our space. This is where I grow up, I feel safe It’s where I play, where I learn and it’s not just at school, I learn when I look, when I listen, when I touch, when I imagine and I draw my own horizon.”

I am the size of what I see, and here I am happy

The short film, produced by Canal Cascais, the city’s YouTube channel, then begins to reflect how she, as a child and a young person growing up into and through teenage years, has a voice of her own and the right to speak out.

“Sometimes I am an adult without ceasing to be a child, and at other times I am a child, despite being an adult. And at the end of the day, I am a child again. Because here, I have time to grow. I have a voice. I hear, and I am heard. My opinion counts. And when they respect me, I have no way of not respecting others.

The girl says she feels ‘free, unlimited and can go where she wants’, because, in her words, ‘I am the size of what I see, and here I am happy’.

#cascaisfriendtochildren

#righttohealth

#righttonodiscrimination

#righttorestplaycultureart

#righttoeducation

Author: Simon Weedy

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